2014 NFL Draft Profile: Wyoming FS/CB Marqueston Huff

Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Wyoming's Marqueston Huff is a versatile secondary prospect that brings experience and still has his best years ahead of him.

Marqueston Huff, free safety/cornerback, Wyoming

5'11", 196-pounds

Mocking the Draft overall ranking:  N/A

Mocking the Draft positional ranking:  N/A

Marqueston Huff vs Boise State (2013) (via DCheeseB)

Strengths:

Huff is a good athlete with experience playing in multiple roles, including deep safety, where he showed good range.  He has good overall speed allowing him not only to be a solid coverage guy against the pass but to be able to track down offensive players in the open field against the run. Has good enough speed to be able to play cornerback at the next level but at the same time has the size to play free safety as well.  Plenty of special teams experience under his belt, allowing him to likely see the field very early in his career. His relative inexperience as a free safety will give a position coach the ability to shape and develop him as they choose.  Definitely willing to do what is best for the team position wise.

Weaknesses:

First off if Huff plays free safety, he could stand to add more size to his frame.  Definitely needs play at a more consistent and higher level.  Was known not to give 100% until the whistle on many plays, letting his teammates to clean up the mess.  Doesn’t always show good instincts or play recognition while playing safety, often getting to the ball very late or reacting to plays slowly.  You can tell he still doesn't feel natural at free safety after playing cornerback his first three seasons.  Lastly his ball skills aren’t natural, as he plays the receiver more than the ball. He is more likely to go for the big hit than play the ball.

2014 Combine workout: Marqueston Huff (via National Football Fans)


Bottom Line:

Most franchises are looking at Huff as a free safety prospect but there is still the possibility he could end up at cornerback.  With so many teams preferring bigger corners to perform man press coverage, Huff could still see time out on the edges.  With that said, his ability to cover and his more than adequate size makes him a interesting free safety prospect in the pass happy NFL even if he is a little raw at the moment.  Having played both positions a Wyoming is a definite plus in Huff's favor entering the NFL.  He participated in the Reese's Senior Bowl, the NFL Combine and lastly at his Wyoming pro-day in Laramie.

Huff ran a 4.47 forty-yard dash at his Wyoming pro-day.  He had 15 repetitions of 225-pounds in the bench press, a vertical jump of 35.5 inches, a broad jump of 9'10", a three cone of 7.26 seconds and lastly a 20-yard-shuttle of 4.19 seconds to round out his testing at the NFL Combine.

The Texarkana, Texas product recorded 127 tackles this past season (second on the team) and averaged 10.6 tackles per contest (11th in FBS).

Projected Rounds: 3rd-5th rounds

Projected Likely Destinations: Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers.

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