When the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft are held tonight, Ali Marpet could become one of the most unlikely local products ever selected. The former Hastings star is on the verge of the rare Division III-to-NFL leap.
Marpet, a 6-foot-3, 307-pound offensive lineman from Hobart, was profiled on Thursday by my colleague Rich Liebson. Marpet and his family are interesting in more ways than one, but football will be at the forefront this weekend when Marpet is one of the top small-college prospects on draft boards.
The draft resumes tonight at 7. If Marpet isn’t selected by the end of Round 3, he’s a lock to get chosen on Saturday during Rounds 4-7.
UPDATE, 10:40 A.M. Marpet was selected 61st overall by the Bucs last night. Here’s the story from the Associated Press:
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to address needs on offense, trading up into the second round to select Hobart College’s Ali Marpet of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with the 61st pick in the NFL draft.
The Bucs gave up the first pick in the third round — No. 65 overall — to Indianapolis. The teams also swapped positions in the fourth round, with the Bucs dropping to No. 128 and the Colts moving up to 109 on Saturday.
Marpet, a tackle in college who will play guard as a pro, was the second offensive lineman taken by the Bucs in the second round. Marpet is the first Hobart player selected in the draft since 1948.
Tampa Bay selected Penn State tackle Donovan Smith earlier Friday night.
General manager Jason Licht said both players have the potential to start on an offensive line that