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Marqueston Huff, Safety: Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report


Overall: Marqueston Huff played three seasons at corner at Wyoming before moving to free safety his senior year. NFL.com views the  5′ 11″ 196lbs. Huff as miscast as a safety, and projects him to corner in the NFL. However, Huff played both positions at the Senior Bowl in Mobile.

Marqueston Huff has the straight line speed and quickness to play corner. Given the dearth at the position in the NFL, I suspect most teams would play him on the edge. But, given the recent emphasis on the safety position for teams that want to emulate Seattle’s single-high safety defense, some teams (including the Chiefs) might see him as a safety.

He’s got the straight line speed, sudden plant and drive, and smarts to cover a lot of ground on the back end. His instincts could improve with more experience in the position.

While a willing tackler, CBSSports.com expresses concern that Huff tends to slip blocks rather than fighting through them. They also note that he has small hands that will limit his ability to intercept passes. NFL.com also notes that he suffers from “up and down” performances.

Combine Results:

                                                40 yd Dash:     4.49

                                                Bench:             15

                                                Vertical:          35.5 in

                                                Broad:              9′ 10″         

                                                Shuttle:           4.19        

                                                3-cone:            7.26  

combine results from CBSSports.com  

Draft Projection: NFL.com and ESPN.com views Marqueston Huff as a 2nd or 3rd round prospect as a cornerback. CBSSports.com is far less impressed, and projects him as more of a 6th round talent as a safety.

I can see Huff as a useful utility player for the Kansas City Chiefs, but I would not want to rely on him filling the team’s crying need for a deep back-end defender. Where I would be willing to take him will depend on what GM John Dorsey does to address the need at safety. If the single high safety is no longer an issue, Huff would make a nice pickup in the third round due to his athleticism and versatility.

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