WT: 290 lbs
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, CA)
Accolades: Shrine Bowl. First Team All-CUSA.
Scouting Report: IDL Garrett Marino, UAB
Athleticism: Garrett Marino is a very athletic player for someone of his size. Incredible burst off of the line of scrimmage. Absolutely dominant with his quickness. Considering his size, he has some very decent speed.
Strength/Power: Incredible power in his burst. He’s difficult to handle when playing a 1 or 2 tech. Powerful hands. Very good bull rush and he can push the center back. Not as big of an impact player when double-teamed, very rarely splits them.
Pass Rush Ability: Marino has a variety of moves that make him a handful while he is engaged in a pass rush. Unfortunately, Marino isn’t consistent with his moves and getting off of one-on-one blocks. Don’t ask him to play contain or spy, he isn’t good at navigating through traffic.
Run Defending Ability: Marino has the skill set to be very good as a run defender. However, sometimes he is much too aggressive with his pursuit angles and removes himself from the play.
Instinct/Football IQ: UAB played him as a 1 and a 3 tech, and even played him upright sometimes. A smart football player for the most part. Marino may be a little bit too aggressive for his own good.
Leadership/Football IQ: N/A.
Overall: NFL clubs will be a little concerned with the fact that Marino is 25 years old, and will be 26 when the regular season starts. That doesn’t say anything about how well he will produce in the league, teams will be concerned at how productive he will be after his rookie contract. I really like Marino as a prospect, I think with a couple of years of NFL coaching he could be a top fifteen defensive tackle in the league. As of now, though, I wouldn’t take him before the fourth round.