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Arkansas Razorbacks Pro Day: Defensive lineman Jonathan Marshall turns heads

PFN’s Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline dissects the Arkansas Pro Day, where Jonathan Marshall improved his 2021 NFL Draft stock.

Arkansas Razorbacks Pro Day: Defensive lineman Jonathan Marshall turns heads
Jan 31, 2021; Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Team Aina running back Jamal Jones of Arkansas State (28) tries to get away from Team Kai defensive back Jordyn Peters of Auburn (38) during the first half of the Hula Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

Despite another odyssey of an NFL Draft season, pro days are underway. Let’s break down the pro day for the Arkansas Razorbacks, where Jonathan Marshall improved his draft stock with his performance.

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Arkansas Pro Day: Jonathan Marshall shines

While Feleipe Franks is the best-known Razorbacks prospect outside the scouting community, several defensive players really turned heads today. Defensive lineman Jonathan Marshall, graded as a priority free agent before the season, moved himself into Day 3 conversation with his workout today.

Marshall measured a shade over 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds. He completed 36 reps on the bench press (32 ½ inch arms), touched 32 in the vertical jump, and 9’6″ in the broad jump. His 40-time was as fast as 4.77 seconds on many watches. Marshall tweaked his hamstring on the second 40-yard dash and did not run the shuttles or three-cone.

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During position drills, he looked explosive, balanced, and moved well around the field. Marshall was out of position at nose tackle last season, but scouts feel he’ll flourish at defensive tackle in a four-man line.

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Cornerback Jerry Jacobs, graded by some scouts as a fifth-round prospect before the season, also had a good day. Jacobs measured 5-foot-11 and 204 pounds. He touched 34.5 inches in the vertical jump, completed 20 reps on the bench press, and timed as fast as 4.38 seconds in the 40. His short shuttle was timed at 4.0 seconds flat. Jacobs, a physical/in-your-face type of corner, is getting a lot of love from the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.

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Defensive lineman Xavier Kelly measured 6′ 4 1/2″ and 306 pounds. He completed 27 reps on the bench press, touched 27 inches in the vertical jump, and 8’3″ in the broad jump — but retweaked an already tender hamstring during the Arkansas Pro Day. Kelly was able to participate in position drills but could not run the 40 or shuttles.

Not graded by scouts before the season, Kelly is a large and athletic defensive lineman who did turn heads during the season and will receive a contract after the draft as a priority free agent.

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