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Marcus Thigpen RB/WR 5'9 185 Indiana 4.47

Thigpen spent his freshman season at WR, hauling in 32 passes for 432 yards and two touchdowns. He switched over to RB as a sophomore, and emerged as one of the best all purpose threats in the country. He ran for 387 yards and two touchdowns, caught 12 passes for two touchdowns and averaged over 30 yards per kick return with three of them being returned for touchdowns. As a junior last year Thigpen continued his all around impact, finishing the season with 568 rushing yards, 181 receiving yards and three touchdowns to go along with a 22.9 kick off return average.Thigpen had a solid all around senior campaign, finishing with 631 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, 235 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver, and a kick return average of 22.4 yards a return.


Thigpen is electric on the field and can provide an impact in a variety of ways. He has spent time at running back and wide receiver along with being a major threat on special teams, and he should be able to provide that triple threat in the NFL. He has fantastic quickness and speed, and can legitimately take it to the house every time he touches the football. As a runner, he has the elusiveness to make defenders miss and get to the perimeter and turn it upfield. Thigpen has the versatility to line up out wide, in the slot, or out of the backfield and be a viable receiving option. His biggest impact may be his special teams ability, as he is a very good kick off returner and has three returns for scores in college.


Thigpen does not have a true position and will have to provide that dual or triple threat to be successful in the league. He lacks the size and strength to be a full time RB and is undersized as a receiver as well.


Despite not having a true position, Thigpen is an intriguing second day option. Many teams are looking to specialists to help their team, and Thigpen is the type of talent that could impact the game in ways Reggie Bush does. He may not be an every down back or slot receiver but he can be moved around and he must be accounted for on every play. He was not invited to the combine, but he was impressive showing off his speed at his pro day. The times vary, anywhere from low 4.3's to high 4.4's, but he definitely impressed and legitimized his speed.

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