USC’s Iman Marshall selected in fourth round of 2019 NFL Draft by Baltimore Ravens

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USC football cornerback Iman Marshall is now a Ravens defensive back, after Baltimore selected him in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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After four years starting in cardinal and gold, Iman Marshall will put on a jersey of black and purple as the fourth round pick of the Baltimore Ravens, No. 127 overall, in the 2019 NFL Draft.

As USC’s second name off the board in 2019, Marshall became the Trojans’ 507th draft pick in history, a record for all college programs.

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He is the only Trojan on the Ravens roster going into the 2019 season.

Marshall is an interesting pro prospect because it’s not clear what position he will play at the next level. He played 50 games at cornerback for the Trojans, but throughout his career there was speculation about whether or not he would be a better fit at safety. Marshall himself resisted that idea, but he cooled on that in the lead up to the draft.

At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, he has great physicality for a defensive back, but may lack the fluidity to stick at cornerback in the pros.

Coming out of high school in 2015, Marshall was a can’t-miss five-star recruit, ranking No. 1 among corners, No. 1 in the state of California and No. 4 in the nation, per the 247Sports composite.

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He lived up to the hype quite quickly. After two games coming off the bench as a freshman, he took over the starting job and finished the season leading USC with three interceptions and nine deflections. He was named a Freshman All-American first teamer by USA Today and Sporting News.

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Marshall played opposite Adoree’ Jackson once again in 2016 and more than did his part to shut down opposing receivers, though he received few accolades for it. He was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention while starting all 13 games with 51 tackles, three tackles for loss, eight deflections and three interceptions.

His junior campaign was slightly marred by injury as he sprained his knee against Notre Dame and missed the next three contests. He still started 11 games and posted 52 tackles and 10 deflections while picking up another All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

Opting to return for his senior season, Marshall was one of the few bright spots for the Trojans in what was a difficult 5-7 year. He was named USC’s Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year while contributing 48 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and a team-best nine deflections. In terms of coverage, it was arguably the best campaign of his career.