Scouting Report: Iman Marshall, CB, USC

Long Beach, CA | 6004 |205 | 4.44 | 2019

Excels in man-to-man coverage—a physical player who jams wide outs at the line of scrimmage and provides tremendous support in the run game and possesses quick closing speed. Athleticism and hands makes him a strong matchup against bigger receivers. Great ball awareness, to go along with natural ball instincts. “His football IQ is incredible,” says former Redskins/Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce, who served as his high school football coach. “You only have to show him something once and he can mimic it immediately.” Playing under defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast has allowed him to be aggressive and he has had his share of moments where he has been beaten, which has probably been made to be a bigger deal by the media than it really is. Has done a better job of cutting down his penalties, as he was drawing the referees ire with numerous pass interference calls. Has started 25 consecutive games entering his junior campaign—he has 118 tackles, including three for losses, plus 17 deflections and six interceptions through his first two seasons. Measured 5.9% body fat in the Spring of 2016. Nicknamed ‘Biggie.’ His skillset would easily translate to safety at the next level.

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2016: Marshall, coming off a stellar rookie performance in 2015, returned as a starting cornerback as a sophomore in 2016. Overall in 2016 while starting all 13 games, he had 51 tackles, including 3 for losses of 5 yards, 8 deflections and 3 interceptions.

2015: Marshall started USC’s final 12 games at cornerback (and appeared in all 14) as a first-year freshman in 2015. Overall in 2015, he had 67 tackles (fourth on USC), a team-best 3 interceptions and a team-best 9 deflections.

High School: He made 2014 USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Defensive MVP, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, USA Today All-California, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF Pac 5 Division, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Defensive Player of the Year as a senior safety and wide receiver at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High. He had 85 tackles (5 for losses) and 16 deflections on defense, plus 19 receptions for 315 yards (16.6 avg) with 8 TDs on offense in 2014, plus he averaged 23.1 yards on 7 kickoff returns and 11.6 yards on 7 punt returns (with a TD).