Earlier this week, the Washington Redskins inked former Tulane University linebacker Nico Marley to a contract. Marley is 5’8″ and 200 pounds. Of course, he’s the grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley. During his four seasons with the Green Wave, he amassed 319 tackles and 50.5 tackles for loss. His play didn’t go unrecognized by the American Athletic Conference. In both 2015 and 2016, he earned All-AAC First-Team selections.
His father, Rohan Marley, was also a football player. The son of the aforementioned Bob Marley played his college football for the University of Miami. During his time with the team, Marley played alongside future Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and star linebacker Ray Lewis.
In 1993, Rohan actually lead his team with 95 tackles. And he speaks very highly of his son. In an interview with The Undefeated’s Mark W. Wright, he said, “(Nico) can play nickel. He’s a package player. He’s a (former Indianapolis Colts’ safety) Bob Sanders type. Get him on the field and he’ll make plays. He’s a playmaker.”
Obviously, the biggest concern with Marley is his size. It doesn’t appear he can compete at linebacker. The question becomes, where will the Redskins move him to? He doesn’t have great straight line speed which pretty much rules out the possibility of running back or slot receiver. A general consensus would assume a move to safety.
All told, only time will tell where the Washington Redskins plan to position Marley. Regardless, whether he makes the team or not Nico Marley just needs to listen to his grandfather and know “every little thing gonna be all right.”