Why Undrafted?: Marcus Roberson

Why Undrafted?: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
By Charlie Campbell, @draftcampbell

Entering the 2013 season, many thought Roberson was poised to become a first-round pick. Roberson broke into Florida’s starting lineup as a freshman in 2011. He out together a strong debut and followed it up with an excellent sophomore season as an isolated man-cover corner. Roberson’s junior year didn’t go well as he missed time due to injury and suspension, plus he didn’t play as well as he did in 2012. Following the season, Roberson made a bad decision and entered the 2014 NFL Draft.

Sources told WalterFootball.com that Roberson and teammate Loucheiz Purifoy had some of the worst performances in the lead up to an NFL Draft of any players they could remember. Not only did Roberson and Purifoy each not interview well, but they also had terrible workouts at the Combine and at Florida’s pro day. Sources said that both players looked completely unprepared for their pro day. Whatever training facility those two attended after the season was a waste of time and money. With off-the-field concerns being compounded with durability and work-ethic question marks, Roberson slipped out of the 2014 NFL Draft.

After taking some time to consider offers, Roberson decided to sign with the St. Louis Rams. That was finally a good decision on his part. St. Louis drafted a nickel corner/safety in Lamarcus Joyner, but the organization needs a starting corner on the outside to go with Janoris Jenkins. The Rams have been able to get Jenkins to straighten out after getting in trouble during his college years. The same goes for linebacker Alec Ogletree. It helps that St. Louis has strong leadership and a good coaching staff to work with those kind of troubled players. Roberson has good size and man-coverage ability. It wouldn’t be surprising if he turns into a steal for St. Louis.

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