New York Jets UDFA Breakdown – Jalin Marshall

Kevin Zielaznicki breaks down New York Jets UDFA Jalin Marshall

Player Card

  • Name: Jalin Marshall
  • School: Ohio State
  • Position: WR
  • Height: 5’10”  
  • Weight: 200
  • Career Stats: 74 REC, 976 YDS, 11 TD

Workout Results

  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.60 seconds
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.13 seconds
  • 3 Cone Drill: 6.80 seconds
  • Vertical Jump: 37.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 125.0 inches
  • Bench Press: 16 reps of 225lbs

Pre-Draft Projections: 

Strengths: Has experience playing multiple offensive positions and had a huge role on special teams for the Buckeyes. Size best suits him for a slot receiver / H-back role in the NFL. Speed and agility make him a danger with the ball in his hands, especially on punt returns. Light on his feet and has no problem changing direction while running routes. Pretty good at creating separation from defenders with his athletic ability. Sure handed and showed he could go up and make a tough catch in traffic in the middle of the field. Impressive body control and balance. High football IQ and was always aware of the first down marker/game situation. Decent run blocker.

Weaknesses: Very little experience playing receiver, where he will most likely line up in the NFL. Because of the limited amount of time spent playing receiver, Marshall struggles with reading coverages and adjusting his routes. Struggled against defenders who were physical in coverage. Needs to refine his route running and learn to lean on technique rather than athletic ability. Some issues with ball security.

Final Words: The Jets punt returner the past few years was wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who is now a member of the Detroit Lions. With his departure, the Jets have an opening at punt returner and Marshall could be the man to take that spot. One of the more electric return men in college last year, Marshall consistently gave the Buckeye’s offense prime field position, something Jeremy Kerley struggled doing the last few seasons. Turning heads on special teams during training camp will be Marshall’s best shot at making the roster as the wide receiver depth chart is filled. He faces an uphill battle as a wide receiver as he will be battling Kenbrell Thompkins, Charone Peake, and Robby Anderson for the last WR spot. But with Devin Smith missing most of camp and probably the beginning of the season, Marshall will have a chance to showcase his playmaking ability from out wide.

Photo Credit: OSU.com