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April 29, 2006

NFL Draft: Marshall will challenge for playing time

Richard Marshall, the Fresno State cornerback taken in the second round by the Panthers, might not be a household name and he wasn't getting a lot of hype leading into the draft.

But draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr., had Marshall rated higher than Antonio Cromartie (taken 19th in the first round).

You have to like the fact that Marshall returned three of his nine career interceptions for touchdowns. He's known as a very confident player and should challenge Reggie Howard for the nickel back job.

Marshall also has some return ability and that might have factored heavily into the Panthers' decision to draft him. The Panthers would like to take Steve Smith off punt returns (at least part time) to avoid his exposure to injury. They also might take a look at Marshall as a kickoff returner.

Posted by Observer Sports on April 29, 2006 at 07:50 PM | Permalink

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