The Seahawks have now signed two former Canadian Football League players today. A little while after it was announced that Seattle had signed Calgary Stampeders receiver Jeff Fuller, it was also announced that they'd signed Winnepeg Blue Bombers' running back Cameron Marshall as well.
Marshall is a 5'10, 211 pound back out of Arizona State that went undrafted in 2013, and signed in Miami before ending up in Canada.
Pro Day numbers:
Ht: 5' 10"
Wt: 211 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.54 seconds
225-pound bench: 22 reps
Broad jump: 9' 10"
20-yard shuttle: 4.38 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.06 seconds
Here are his CFL highlights:
And here are some highlights from his days at ASU:
Here's what Brad Denny of SBNation's Arizona State blog had to say about Marshall coming out of school.
College Career: Rushed for 280 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman in 2009, including a 75-yard run versus Washington. Became the starting running back in 2010, leading the team with 787 rushing yards and nine scores, while adding 227 yards and another touchdown receiving. Broke out in a major way in 2011, becoming the first ASU player to top 1,000 yards rushing since 2006 (1,050) and tied the school record with 18 rushing touchdowns. Battling injuries and fumbles as a senior in 2012, Marshall finished second on the team with 583 yards on the ground and nine touchdowns.
Strengths: At 5-foot-11 and 211 pounds, Marshall has very good size for the position. He is a power runner that does not shy away from contact, and can bull over opponents or rattle them with a strong stiff arm. He always keeps his feet moving and fights for the extra yards. While he doesn't have blazing speed (4.54 in the 40), Marshall does have a second gear that allows him to be a home run threat in the open field (three runs over 70 yards in his career). Marshall is also a decent receiving option out of the backfield, and showed proficiency on running swing patterns in 2011.
Weaknesses: Marshall has a solid all-around game but does not do any one thing exceptionally well, which does not allow him to standout from a deep running back group. He has battled injuries, and that remains a concern. He also has issues with ball control, which resulted in him being benched at times. Marshall is not exceptionally quick to the hole, and does not have the agility to make NFL defenders miss. He will also need to work on his pass protection in order to see time on an NFL field.
Outlook: With a deep crop of running backs in this year's draft, along with the general devaluation of the position at the NFL level, it will be a surprise if Marshall gets selected. However, he does have the size, speed, power and receiving ability to help a team down the road, and will find his way into some team's training camp. Down the road, he could develop into a decent second option that could get five to 10 touches per game.