Marlon Character Jr. NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Marlon Character Jr. NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

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By Daniel Kitchen February 20, 2021 1 Comment
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Marlon Character Jr. is a 2021 NFL Draft CB Prospect

Marlon Character Jr. is a defensive back from Louisville, and a prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft. Character began his career as a 3-star safety who committed to Auburn over offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, and other powerhouse programs.

After redshirting in 2016, Character transferred to JUCO school Northwestern Mississippi Community College, where he played one season before transferring to Louisville (over South Carolina and West Virginia). With the Cardinals, Character played in 34 games from 2018-2020, starting 10 of them over his final two seasons.

In 11 games with six starts in 2020, Character set career highs with 37 tackles, 29 solo stops, three tackles for loss, an interception, seven passes defensed, and a forced fumble. He was second on the team in passes defensed and forced fumbles, and tied for the team lead in interceptions.

Character was rated the 28th-best cornerback in FBS in 2020 by PFF (out of 431), with an overall Defense grade of 78.6. He had a Coverage grade of 82.3 (12th-best), Tackling of 77.8 (64th), and 59.4 Run Defense (288th).

For his Louisville career, Character finished with 83 total tackles, 64 solo, with four tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception, eight passes defensed, and a forced fumble across 34 games played. In his one season at Northwestern Mississippi, Character finished with 28 tackles, an interception, and six pass break-ups.

In the NFL, Character projects as an instant starter along the outside in nickel sets, and future starter on the outside in two-CB looks, who can thrive in Off-Man coverage and a Cover 2 shell using his burst and ball skills to break up passes and bait quarterbacks into making throws his direction. Can also be used in some Cover 1 and 3, as well as sent on corner blitzes.

READ MORE: 2021 College Gridiron Showcase Standouts: Defense

Scouting Capsule

Marlon Character Jr. Scouting Capsule

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.


At the College Gridiron Showcase, Character Jr. measured in at a height of 6001 and a weight of 198 pounds, with 9 1/8″ hands, 31 3/8″ arms, and a 77 2/8” wingspan. At Louisville, he was listed at 6’1″, 195.


College Gridiron Showcase Highlight Videos Courtesy of Bengals Brawl Host Josh Cavalcante.


  • Good tracking and adjusting to cuts along stem made by target, can recover.
  • Has the hip fluidity, ball tracking ability, and speed/stamina to stick with targets on extended plays, deeper routes.
  • Breaks well on throws, and has the hands to extend and finish off plays. Somebody who can bring in interceptions, not just deflect throws.
  • Excellent burst, able to quickly erase cushion in Off-Man coverage, and provide pressure on corner blitzes.
  • Plays with some swagger at the CB position, somebody who could get in opponents’ heads.


  • Doesn’t try to get involved in run defense, gives up extra yards to backs rather than initiate contact.
  • Needs to stay closer to targets in shallower Zone assignments to affect throws and prevent RAC yards.

NFL Comparison

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Cassie Norwood

March 13, 2021

I think this young man is Physically active and has the God talent gift.He is Phenomenal on the field as well as off the field.Good Luck in 2021👁

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