Scouting Report: Marcus Cannon
Marcus Cannon is a supremely athletic and strong offensive lineman, especially for a player of his size. A redshirt senior, Cannon has started 37 games in his career at TCU, 13 at left tackle and 24 at right. He has the versatility to play multiple positions on the offensive line, which will attract NFL teams. The key for Cannon will be finding his best fit at the next level. I believe he will get a shot to play right tackle, and best case scenario he becomes a solid prospect at that position. What’s great about Cannon, however, is I believe that if it doesn’t work out at right tackle he can become an elite guard in the NFL. He has the type of size, strength and athleticism that could make him a dominant interior lineman for years to come. He is an intriguing prospect whose size/strength/athleticism combo warrants early consideration. Look for Cannon to be drafted somewhere in the second round.
Cannon is an experienced tackle with surprisingly light feet on the outside. He possesses a strong initial punch and good footwork for a big man. He is not quick of the snap however, and will struggle with speed rushers at the next level. He takes nice angles to cut off edge rushers, making up for his lack of quickness off the snap. Cannon played out of a two-point stance in pass protection in college, and may have to learn to put his hand in the ground and still get his head up fast enough to locate and lock on his defender. He has lazy hand placement at times and allows defender to get into his body. He possesses an extremely strong lower half, allowing him to anchor very well against power rushers. He is tough to move around and holds his ground well. Cannon did not allow a sack while playing at right tackle in 2009.
Cannon is a dominant run blocker, especially at the point of attack. He is extremely strong and fierce when locked on a defender. He has nimble feet and gets to the second level with ease, but struggles to locate and can look lost in space. Cannon has really nice straight line speed for such a big guy (5.26 40 at the combine) and he is almost impossible to shed when locked up. He doesn’t fire out of his stance like you would want to see, and is slow to get up to top speed. Because of that he may struggle to be effective when pulling or trapping at the next level. Effectively walls of defenders and holds his ground well allowing the back to hit the hole. Cannon was a vital member of an offense that racked up over 260 yards rushing per game, good for ninth in the nation.
Cannon is very experienced and understands multiple positions in the offensive line. There are times when he seems to freestyle too much, and he will need to learn to be more sound at the next level. He doesn’t possess great instincts and struggles to locate in space. He has great character and work ethic and will be very coachable about these issues.
Like a lot of college tackles, Cannon is a little inconsistent with hand placement. When his technique is good he can be dominant, controlling defenders with ease. When he tires, his hand placement can get lazy. He drops his hands too low and allows defender to get into his body and gain leverage. He has an extremely strong initial punch, but his secondary attack is inconsistent. His arms are only average length.
Cannon is very light on his feet and has better mobility than you would assume. He can look stiff at times, and is more of a waist bender than a knee bender, which is easy to see in how high he plays out of the two-point stance. He is not particularly explosive out of his stance and is slow to pull and trap. His three-cone time at the combine of 8.07 was seventh worst among offensive lineman, but his 40 time was in the middle of the pack.
Like his hand placement, Cannon can be both good and bad with his footwork. He has nimble feet and uses his mobility to get in proper position to block defenders. However, he has the bad habit of not keeping his feet moving and just anchoring his whole body, which allows the defender to gain leverage. In the run game when he locks onto a defender he typically shows good leg churn and an amount of relentlessness. Cannon gets nice depth on his kick step and shuffles his feet pretty well when blocking on the edge. I thought he showed better footwork as a right tackle then on the left side.
For more proof of Cannon’s athletic ability, it’s worth noting that he was also a member of TCU’s track and field team competing in the shot put. He earned All-Mountain West Conference in track. In high school he lettered in basketball, track and field, and power lifting. His uncle, Allen Cannon, played football at Vanderbilt. Weight management will definitely be a concern for teams looking to draft Cannon. He gained nearly 60 pounds since his freshman year at TCU, and while some weight gain is a part of development, he will need to prove it is not an issue. **EDIT – April 26th ** It has been reported that Cannon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a treatable form of cancer. Cannon will begin treatments immediately but this could have a significant impact on his draft stock.
2010: Played and started in all 13 games at left tackle.
2009: Played and started in all 13 games at right tackle.
2008: Played and started in 11 of 13 games at right tackle, missing two games due to an ankle injury.
2007: Played in all 13 games.
Cannon is a communications major.
Awards & Honors
2010: Named first-team All-Mountain West Conference and third-team All-American.
2009: Named first-team All-Mountain West Conference … named a Top 10 Workout Warrior by ESPN.com.
2008: Named Honorable-mention All-Mountain West Conference.
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