Former Georgia Tech linebacker Tyler Marcordes helped himself with a strong performance at the school’s Pro Day on Friday at the Brock indoor facility.
Marcordes ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds, a strong time for his position and size. At the NFL draft combine in February, only seven linebackers ran faster. Of those seven, five were at least 10 pounds lighter than Marcordes’ 245 pounds. (Electronic times, which is how the combine is timed, are typically a hair faster than hand times, which is how the Pro Day times were recorded.) Marcordes, 6-foot-3, also showed explosive strength with a 35-inch vertical leap, the best of anyone Friday, and delivered an above-average broad jump, 9 feet, 10 inches.
Among linebackers at the combine, only five linebackers did better than 35 inches in the vertical.
Marcordes started all 12 games this past season and ranked third on the team with 51 tackles and had 6.5 tackles for loss, tied for most on the team. He has shown durability, not missing a single game in his career while often playing through injury. He was also a valuable special teamer and Friday showed scouts his long snapping.
Marcordes’ numbers drew interest from scouts in attendance and may earn him private workouts. Also, he likely will cause teams to take another look at his game video.
“I think he’s turning some heads,” former Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis said. “All he needs is someone to turn on his film, his special-teams film, and they’re going to say, ‘This guy’s going to go down there and make the tackle every time.’ I think he definitely helped himself out.”
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