CJ Marable
CJ Marable is being totally over looked in the 2021 NFL Draft. After a dominate season at Coastal Carolina, it’s time to review his draft profile. (Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)

CJ Marable 2021 NFL Draft Profile

What happened to the Coastal Carolina train? The Chanticleers were the feel good story of the college football season. Jamey Chadwell has built a hell of a program. However, running back CJ Marable has somehow slipped under the radar. As one of the most important players to the Chanticleers program, Marable has almost no buzz heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. Let’s dive into his 2021 NFL Draft profile.

CJ Marable was the best running back in the Sun Belt Conference. Bar none, there was no second place. Marable was named to the first-team Sun Belt Conference as a running back and all-purpose specialist. Checking in at 5-foot-10, 200, Marable may be on the smaller side but proved more than capable to handle a big workload.

Marable averaged over 102 yards scrimmage per game. I think some of the scouts might credit some of his production to the weird option offense Coastal runs. I think that’s a little unfair. Marable scored 19 total touchdowns on the season and was just a menace all year. Marable averaged 5.2 yards per carry in 2020. How much of it was the option offense?

I get why some people are skeptical. Marable really doesn’t have any special traits. He has average speed which isn’t great because he’s not the biggest guy in the world. It’s hard to point to any skill he has and say wow that’s elite. He could very easily be a good college player that just didn’t have the elite traits to translate to the NFL.

Marable transferred in from Arkansas State and produced at a high level for Coastal. That’s all he can do. I think Marable can stick as a third down change of pace guy eventually. His hands are really solid coming out of the backfield. Marable should also get credit for being a smart patient runner. You can’t be a dummy in that option offense. Marable did his job and did it well.

I do think Marable has an interesting first step and some wiggle to him. Do I think he’s a world beater? No, but there’s always those late round or undrafted running back gems. I think Marable can play. Teams should take a closer look here.

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