Here are at Turn On The Jets, we will breakdown every single UDFA the New York Jets have added. Joe Malfa keeps the post-draft analysis rolling with a look at WR Gabe Marks. Here is yesterday’s look at Brisly Estime.
- Name: Gabe Marks
- School: Washington St.
- Position: WR
- Height: 5’11″
- Weight: 189
- Career Stats: 316 REC, 3453 YDS, 37 TDs
- 40 Yard Dash: 4.56 seconds
- 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.20 seconds
- 3 Cone Drill: 7.01 seconds
- Vertical Jump: 29.5 inches
- Broad Jump: 9’9”
- Bench Press: 11 reps of 225 lbs
Strengths: Marks is the typical possession receiver that put up great numbers in a high powered college offense. He gets in and out of his routes cleanly, creating separation from his defenders. He maintains complete control of his body when going up for the ball and drops are rare. He can work from the slot or out on the edge, and he excels as a blocker. His speed is an issue, but he is quick enough to shake defenders and pick up those extra few yards after the catch.
Weaknesses: The 4.56 40-yard dash Marks ran is underwhelming and when you watch the tape, his lack of speed is noticeable. He doesn’t have that extra gear to break away from defenders down the field. At 5-foot 11 inches weighing 189 pounds, he can be bullied by bigger corners in press coverage. His skill set and measureables are average at best. He projects as a sixth receiver who enters the game primarily as a run blocker.
Final Words: Mike Maccagnan has done a good job of finding WRs late in the draft or after the draft. Robby Anderson and Jalin Marshall were both undrafted, while Charone Peake was a 7th round pick.
Marks won’t have the same success as the other WRs mentioned.
His numbers are eye opening but when you step back and realize the situation he was in at Washington St., the numbers don’t seem as impressive. Luke Falk forced Marks the ball at times in a pass-heavy Mike Leach offense. His numbers are a product of the system and sheer volume. That’s not to say Marks is not a talented receiver, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story. He may have trouble int he NFL because of his lack of speed and inability to beat press coverage.
Given the current state of WR depth for the Jets, I don’t see any way Marks cracks the final roster. He may make the practice squad, but getting cut may be his best-case scenario. He may be able to cling onto the back end of the roster on a WR-needy team. His skill set is that of an average at best possession receiver that excels in run-blocking.
Check out the best of Gabe Marks in 2016 at Washington State.
Photo Credit: The Seattle Times