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What You Need to Know:
-An elite prospect out of high school, Marshall’s LSU career started quietly before a breakout 2019 alongside Joe Burrow.
-Marshall tallied 46-671-13 as a sophomore, ranking 3rd on a loaded Tigers’ offense in receiving yards and TDs. He did so despite missing 3 games with a fractured foot.
-Marshall played in 7 games last year (opting out of 1 and missing 2 with a foot injury) and handled the #1 role with both Justin Jefferson (NFL) and Ja’Marr Chase (opt out) gone.
-With 48-731-10, Marshall handled up 27.6% of LSU’s catches, 33.3% of the receiving yards and 58.8% of the receiving scores. Excellent marks.
-At 6’2, 205, Marshall has excellent length, speed (4.4 forty) and leaping ability (39-inch broad).
-Discussed amongst the draft community as a possible Round 1 pick, Marshall dropped to the 2nd — likely because of his health history.
-In Carolina, he’s reunited with his college OC from 2019, Joe Brady. We love that familiarity for 2021. Long-term, it’s quite possible Brady lands a HC job over the next few years.
-The Panthers offense will be turned over to Sam Darnold. While high on ability, he’s a wild card after showing little promise with some awful Jets offenses.
-The Panthers lost Curtis Samuel in free agency. But with DJ Moore and Robby Anderson in place, it’s likely Marshall sticks in the WR3 role all season. Former Seahawk David Moore is his main competition.
-Christian McCaffrey is essentially a RB/WR hybrid — and another impediment to Marshall hitting a fantasy-friendly target ceiling.
-For dynasty players: Note that Anderson is a free agent after next season, so it’s easy to see Marshall stepping into a starting role as soon as ’22.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line
We’re high on Marshall’s talent long-term — as long as he can keep leg/foot issues at bay. He brings an excellent blend of size and athleticism in the same vein as Courtland Sutton.
The rookie’s blocked from a major 2021 role, barring an injury to DJ Moore or Robby Anderson. But a 2022 breakout is certainly in play for the 21-year-old.