Browns No. 5 pick scouting report: FB Owen Marecic, Stanford

Posted April 30, 2011 @ 2:59 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Stanford FB Owen Marecic, who also played linebacker in college, could succeed Lawrence Vickers, who is slated to be a free agent, as the Browns' primary blocking back. The 6-0½, 248-pound Marecic was the winner of the Paul Hornung Award in 2010, an honor given to college football's most versatile player.

Here is personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki's scouting report on Marecic from PFW's 2011 Draft Preview book:

Notes: Last name is pronounced MARIE-sick. Also competed in track and field (shot put, discus) as a prep. High school running back-linebacker who won a pair of Oregon state championships and was honored as the state's Defensive Player of the Year. As a true freshman in 2007, started all 12 games and carried five times for six yards (1.2-yard average) and zero touchdowns with four receptions for 26 yards (6.5) and zero TDs. Started all eight games in which he played in '08, catching 4-25-0 (6.3). Did not play against Oregon when nursing a high left ankle sprain. In '09, started 12-of-13 games (gave way to a three-receiver set against USC) and totaled 8-15-4 (1.9) rushing with 8-132-1 (16.5) receiving. Doubled as the middle linebacker against Oregon. Was a two-way starter in '10 - totaled 23-46-5 (2.0) rushing and 9-75-0 (8.3) receiving as a fullback and tallied 51 tackles, 5½ for loss and two sacks with five pass breakups, two interceptions (one TD) and a forced fumble as a middle linebacker. Was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player). Academic All-American.

Positives: Very well put together with good size, a sturdy build and a very powerful stride. Generates force on contact. Very competitive, tough and physical. Stout at the point of attack. Understands leverage. Has a thirst for contact and seeks to finish blocks. Exceptional football character and intangibles. Passionate about the game. Experienced, well-coached four-year starter versed in a pro-style offense. Very intelligent, mentally tough and well-conditioned - full-time starter on both sides of the ball as a senior. Outstanding stamina.

Negatives: Is not exceptionally athletic - stiff-hipped, very tightly wound and straight-linish. Rigid movement skills limit his body control - struggles to initiate contact on the move and slips off some blocks. Was not used very much as a runner or receiver (tends to body the ball) and has marginal agility.

Summary: Old-school throwback who embodies the makeup desired at the fullback position. Does not look pretty, but is an effective lead blocker, generally executes his assignments and is the type of player that buoys the bottom of a winning team's roster.

NFL projection: Fifth- to sixth-round pick.