Robert Marve‘s college football odyssey could still net an opportunity in the NFL.
Marve (6-foot-1 1/8, 211 pounds), one of the most-sought-after players coming out of high school, originally committed to Alabama but attended Miami (Fla.) instead. Later, Marve transferred from Miami to Purdue, where an injury-ravaged college career netted him a sixth year of eligibility in 2012. During the March 1 workout in West Lafayette, Ind., Marve displayed a great arm during position drills, a performance that could earn the quarterback a longer look from NFL teams as a potential rookie free-agent pickup.
Marve — who was not at the NFL Scouting Combine — ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 and 4.84 seconds, had a 9-foot-5 broad jump and 27 1/2-inch vertical jump, ran the short shuttle in 4.32 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.15 seconds. He also performed 22 strength lifts of 225 pounds (which would have been the best among QBs at the combine).
Purdue boasted two prospects who were invited to the combine. While defensive back Josh Johnson was able to go through drills in Indianapolis, defensive tackle Kawann Short was sidelined due to a hamstring injury. Short will work out on March 25, which is a day before Notre Dame’s pro day.
Johnson (5-9, 199) ran the 40 in 4.58 and 4.55 seconds (Johnson had a time of 4.65 in the 40 at the combine), had a 36-inch vertical and a 9-11 broad jump. Johnson looked good in the positional workouts.
Akeem Shavers, RB (5-10, 198) was not invited to the combine. Shavers ran the 40 in 4.50 and 4.55 seconds, did the three-cone drill in 6.89 seconds, had a 39-inch vertical and 10-6 broad jump, performed 19 lifts on the bench.
There were 11 Purdue players (plus an additional two players from previous seasons) and one player from Indiana State working out. The workout was held indoors and executed on FieldTurf.