One of those flashes came Monday, when, during 11v11 drills, undrafted rookie linebacker Nico Marley crashed down to the line of scrimmage, exploding into an offensive lineman, and thwarting a run play.
Then at the rookie OTAs, he made almost every tackle and had two interceptions and a forced fumble,” the Redskins head coach said of Marley.
In four seasons for the Green Wave, Marley appeared in 49 career games and collected 319 tackles (200 solo), 50.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, six passes defensed and four interceptions.
During his senior season in 2016, Marley led Tulane’s defense with 88 tackles along with three sacks, three fumbles forced, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
“As far as his name is concerned, he’s very proud of his name and all that stuff, but I’m just worried about Nico Marley as a football player, teaching him linebacker and see how we can make him fit in our scheme if we can,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday.
His father Rohan Marley, who played in college at Miami, suggested his son should play in nickel situations.
The unlikeliest odyssey from FAU to the NFL took another leap forward on Saturday when defensive back Tevin Homer signed with the Washington Redskins.
Homer attended the Redskins rookie minicamp this weekend and says the Redskins offered him a contract, which he signed. This is a good time to place your mut coins on Marley for the remainder of the season, this is looking to be a nice payoff.
“I’m definitely going to be playing all the special teams,” said Homer, who will primarily work as a cornerback on defense for the Redskins.
Homer, listed at 6-foot-2 and 191 pounds, said he would have stayed in football, either coaching, training or playing in the CFL had Washington not called days after the NFL draft.