Prospect: OL/DL Marlin Dean
Status: SI All-American candidate
Vitals: 6-foot-6, 265 pounds
School: Elberton (Ga.) Elbert County
Committed to: Georgia
Projected Position: Strong-Side Defensive End
Frame: Powerful hips. Well balanced lower and upper body. Room to weigh 290-pounds down the line.
Athleticism: Extremely explosive first step off the line. Great first-step power, lower-body torque. Elite quickness for a strong-side end. Bends well on the attack. Good hand-eye coordination in tight spaces to help beat blockers when pure burst doesn’t do the trick.
Instincts: Attacks and protects gaps well. Knows when to shoot hands to attack a lineman or jump outside and speed rush with that elite bend. Plays full tilt like a coach would want on a consistent basis with some savvy in anticipating cadence and the snap count.
Polish: When engaged, Dean does a good job of using his hands to play half a man and get by the offensive tackle. Finishes tackles with his long arms and power; For a taller defensive end, does a good job of breaking down to make a tackle.
Bottom Line: Dean provides elite upside as a strong-side defensive end. His power and athleticism stand out and his frame will allow him to add more weight. Long and muscular frame and an aggressive playing style provide him a chance to be a college standout relatively early on.