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Marlon Lucky RB 6’ 210 Nebraska

By: Robert Davis

Lucky chose the Cornhuskers over the local Trojans and worked his way on to the field as true freshman. He ran for 129 yards on the year and averaged just under 21 yards per kick return. He was more of a factor as a sophomore, where he earned All Big 12 honors as an all purpose player. He ran for 728 yards and six touchdowns, while catching 32 balls for 383 yards. Lucky’s junior was special though. He rushed for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns, adding 705 receiving yards and three touchdowns on an amazing 75 receptions. The production was down as a senior, thanks in large part to sharing carries this year. Lucky still ran for 517 yards and seven touchdowns while catching 22 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown.

Strengths

The all around ability is what you notice when you see his statline and watch him on the field. He is one of the best running and receiving combos in the draft. Lucky has a sturdy frame and is strong enough to carry the ball as a feature back. He runs hard and does not go down easily. He has the quickness to hit the hole and get to the second line of the defense. Lucky’s best trait though is his receiving ability, and he is a guy that you must account for out of the backfield. He has even had success as a kick returner during his career, which only adds to his versatility. Lucky has the talent and skills to be a starting back in the NFL, and through his first two years does not have that much wear on his body, which is a plus.

Weaknesses

The biggest issue Lucky may face may surround an incident after his sophomore season. Nothing has been publically stated about what exactly took place, but he was hospitalized after an incident at his apartment. Lucky did go on to have a fine junior season, but the events of that night will undoubtedly come into question as he enters the pro ranks. On the field he lacks the explosive quality to make him a prime pick and big play back in the NFL.

Future

Lucky is a talented back that has plenty to play on Sundays. Where his draft value lies may come down solely to the interview process after the season, so it is difficult to project where he may go. He may never be a gamebreaker but he is a back that can come in and produce, and should be a mid rounder based on talent.


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