Road to the NFL: Marcel Jensen
April 30, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - The 2014 NFL Draft is a little over a week away and for a number of former Bulldogs there has been lots of hard work put in from the end of the 2013 season to now as they look for a shot to further their playing careers in the National Football League.
Fresno State has had 100 players selected in the NFL Draft. With another group of Bulldogs hoping to hear their names called in this May's draft, GoBulldogs.com is highlighting its former 'Dogs on their 'Road to the NFL.'
Volume 3 features tight end Marcel Jensen.
Jensen was recruited to be a defensive player for the Bulldogs, but made the switch over to tight end early in his career.
As a sophomore in 2011 he played in 10 games, catching just two passes although one was a touchdown. After that, he began to grow into the position, working hard to improve all aspects of his game - blocking, route running, catching, etc.
Jensen, with ideal size for the NFL at 6-6 and 270 pounds, is a relatively raw but enticing football player to NFL organizations.
He moves well and can leap, recording a vertical jump of 35 inches at the NFL Combine - the second highest among all players at his position.
Jensen earned honorable mention All-Mountain West accolades after his junior season when he caught 20 passes for 339 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 17.0 yards per catch that year. As a senior, he collected second-team All-Mountain West honors after catching 26 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns.
In all, he had had 48 career receptions for 708 yards and eight touchdowns.
The 2014 NFL Draft runs May 8-10, with the first round taking place on Thursday, May 8, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday, May 9. Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, May 10.
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