Scout's Notebook: Browns FB Owen Marecic

Posted Oct. 03, 2012 @ 12:30 p.m.
Posted By Nolan Nawrocki

FB Owen Marecic, #48
Cleveland Browns
Height: 6-0½ Weight: 248 Speed: 4.73

Notes: Name is pronounced MARIE-sick. Spent bulk of college career at Stanford as the lead blocker for Vikings RB Toby Gerhart, seldom touching the ball. Was used as an inside linebacker in short-yardage situations until senior season, when the role expanded to full-time duty and he became the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to start on both sides of the ball, winning the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile college football player following the season. Was selected by the Browns in the fourth round (124th overall) 2011 NFL draft as a fullback, beating 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, who was enamored with Marecic from his time as head coach at Stanford, to the punch. Started 4-of-16 games as a rookie, paving the way for Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty and rushing four times for eight yards and catching five passes for 31 yards. Started 1-of-4 games in ’12, leading the way for rookie sensation Trent Richardson.

Positives: Exceptionally tough and competitive. Highly aggressive contact seeker. Very strong at the point of contact and relishes finishing blocks. Powerful short-yardage runner — quick to the hole and can plow the pile. Outstanding football and personal character — sets an example with his work ethic and passion for the game and is respected for his quiet leadership. Aggressive special-teams playing temperament ­— sacrifices his body with outstanding effort. Highly intelligent, tough and assignment-sound. 

Negatives: On average the first four games, has been on the field for only 23.6 percent of the offensive snaps and is only a part-time role player at a dinosaur position. Has lumbering movement skill — is tightly wound, stiff in the hips and labors changing directions. Average athlete. Plays out of control and struggles adjusting to moving targets on the second level and, at times, gauging his power. Very limited receiving production — not a nifty route runner. Marginal college and pro production.

Summary: At a position that's no longer holding a roster spot for a handful of NFL teams (New England, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Kansas City, Detroit), Marecic excels as a throwback, traditional isolation-lead blocker with the base strength, leg power and striking ability to stop defenders in their tracks and meet force with force. Is well suited for the Browns' power running game, capable of pinning linebackers and springing holes for rookie RB Trent Richardson. Makes his presence felt on special teams and is a very reliable, assignment-sound football player.