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NFL Draft Profile – RB MarShawn Lloyd

By Doug Orth | 4/10/24 |

MarShawn Lloyd


College: USC
Height/Weight: 5' 9"/220
Hands: 8 3/4"
Age: 23 (at the time of the 2024 season opener)

Important NFL Combine Numbers

40-Yard Dash: 4.46
Vertical Jump: 36’’
Broad Jump: 9’ 10’’
20-Yard Shuttle: N/A
3-Cone: N/A

College Production (Stats)

High-end NFL Player Comp(s): D'Andre Swift

Low-end NFL Player Comp(s): C.J. Prosise

Best Scheme Fit: Preferably as a change-of-pace/third-down back initially for an offense that relies more heavily on gap-blocking schemes. There is lead-back upside if he learns to embrace contact more often and corrects his ball security issues.

Best Team Fit(s): Chargers, Cowboys, Giants, Cardinals

Non-bolded times - Good examples of attribute
Bolded times - Average/poor examples of attribute

Position-Specific Attributes and Grades
Attribute Att Grade Scale Examples
Burst/Explosiveness 9.5 10.0

0:28, 0:50, 0:52, 0:53, 7:54, 8:55, 10:15

Contact Balance 8.5 10.0

0:00, 0:35, 0:53, 1:24, 3:13, 3:33, 4:03

1:53, 8:54

Instincts/Patience/Vision 8.0 10.0

0:00, 0:50, 0:52, 0:53, 4:29

0:43, 4:07

Power/Tackle-Breaking Ability 8.0 10.0

0:35, 1:19, 1:37, 1:45, 2:16

0:00, 0:21, 3:51, 6:31

Quickness/Elusiveness 9.5 10.0

0:00, 0:37, 0:50, 0:53, 1:46, 10:01


Route-Running/Hands 8.0 10.0

1:24, 2:46, 6:51

2:48, 3:06

Ball Security 3.0 6.0

0:19, 7:12, 7:39

Pass Protection 4.0 6.0

0:07, 0:39, 1:29

8:56, 9:53

Durability 2.5 4.0
Long Speed 3.5 4.0

0:28, 0:52, 7:54, 8:55

Film Grade 64.5 80.0
Pre-Draft Fantasy Prospect Grade* (out of 50): 38.0

* - How well does his skill set carry over to the fantasy game? For running backs, a player needs to be a three-down option as well as a realistic threat for 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards to be a candidate for a perfect grade. Positional scarcity at the pro level is also a part of the equation.


  • Great acceleration and excellent speed for a back his size (220 pounds).

  • Choppy feet allow him to cut violently and change direction easily.

  • Good field presence as a runner, relying heavily on his quickness initially and showing a great sense as to when he needs to hit the gas and lengthen his stride.

  • Big-play machine in space (i.e. screen plays); gained at least 20 yards on six of his 31 receptions over the last two seasons; generated an explosive run (15-plus yards) on 12 percent of his 291 career carries).

  • Untapped upside as a receiver (34 career catches); NFL teams will do a better job of isolating a back with hands and elusiveness in space against a linebacker.


  • Too eager to bounce runs.

  • Lacks the necessary leg drive to power through tackles and finish as often as a back his size should.

  • Tends to get lazy with ball carriage (fumbled nine times on 325 career touches over three seasons).

  • Suffered a torn ACL in 2020 and missed time in each of his four college seasons.

  • Underutilized throughout his college career; criminally misused at USC (especially in the passing game), topping 15 touches one time; he had more games with single-digit carries (six) than double-digit (five) in 2023.

  • Although he usually showed a solid foundation AND good form/tenacity when given the chance as a blocker, a few of his worst blocks came at critical times.

Bottom Line

Lloyd's physical measurements suggest he is a rugged and powerful inside runner. His tape tells a much different story. The South Carolina transfer is one of the quickest and most elusive prospects in this draft class. Pro Football Focus charted him with a missed tackle forced on 41 percent of his carries in 2023, which ranked fourth among qualified running backs in 2023. His NFL Combine speed (4.46) translates as well, as evidenced by his 54 runs of 10-plus yards on 291 career carries. Perhaps best of all, his patience and ability to set up blocks improved as his college career progressed.

Unlike most 220-pound running back prospects, Lloyd does not usually play to his size, especially as an inside runner. His first instinct is to bounce runs to the outside, which could be a minor thing (believing he is a better athlete than anyone trying to tackle him) or a big thing (little to no confidence in his vision or ability to anticipate a crease). I would lean toward the former, but it is a question mark nonetheless. Lloyd did not win many head-to-head battles in the hole against a linebacker or move the pile very often throughout his college career. His nine fumbles on 325 career touches is also an alarming number. While it is a good thing his odometer was not maxed out in college, it is concerning he never handled more than 129 touches in any year.

Lloyd's natural talent - specifically his speed and explosiveness - has a place in the NFL. To what degree he can improve his vision (which is a difficult thing to ask) and his new team can coach (or convince) him to bounce runs only when he has to will ultimately determine if he ends up primarily as a change-of-pace/third-down option or a potential lead back. While Lloyd's receiving talents were rarely on display at either one of his stops in college, some team will almost certainly fall in love with his upside in the passing game and believe they can maximize his playmaking ability in that area at the very least. However, considering he is essentially a 220-pound scatback right now, it seems likely that he will begin his NFL career as a complementary back in a thunder-and-lightning setup and remain in that role.

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Doug Orth has written for FFToday since 2006 and been featured in USA TODAY's Fantasy Football Preview magazine since 2010. He is also a high-stakes player who often appears as a guest analyst on a number of national sports radio shows, such as Sirius XM’s “Fantasy Drive." Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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