Positive: Aggressive defender who plays disciplined football. Attacks assignments, stays with the action, and lays his shoulders into opponents. Quickly locates the ball and plays with good instincts.
Negative: Struggles pedaling in reverse and lacks balance. Must learn to use his hands to protect himself. Shows minimal quickness and burst.
Analysis: Marcorelle has been productive on the college level yet has struggled with injuries throughout most of his Delaware career. He has potential as a run-defending inside linebacker if he can remain healthy."
Played DE as a true freshman at Delaware in 2005 and compiled 51 tackles, 9 TFLs, 4 sacks, and a PD that year.
In 2006, he suffered a shoulder injury in the second game of the year, and redshirted.
In 2007, he was among the top defensive linemen in the CAA, and helped UD to and 11-4 record and a berth in the FCS national championship game. Matt also earned honorable mention All-American honors by The Sports Network, and was a 3rd-team All-CAA selection. He tallied 64 tackles, 14 TFLs, 8 sacks, and another PBU.
In 2008, he earned 2nd-team All-CAA honors at DE despite missing three games with injuries. Compiled just 32 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 3 sacks and 3 PBUs.
His 2009 season was also wiped out by injuries. Played in just three games with one tackle after converting to MLB from DE. Was granted a 6th-year of eligibility (hardship) by the CAA and thus returned in 2010 as the only 4-year captain in college football history, and as a 5-year letterman.
In 2010, Matt played in all 14 games at MLB with 12 starts, and tallied 83 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, a sack, an interception, 2 more PBUs and a hurry.
Strengths: Great burst towards the football or the ball carrier. Strong and physical. Versatile, and can play DE-LB-FB or even move-TE. Probably will be tried first at MLB, where he played the last two years at UD. Great size for that position. Strong at the POA. Takes on offensive linemen. Throws OGs around on the second level. Attacks the LOS. Solid in short yardage and goal line situations. Good run blitzer. Was rumored to have run as low as 4.4-something before the injuries, and may still be very fast in a straight line for a guy his size.
Weaknesses: A bit tightly wound in both the physical and mental sense. A bit undisciplined. Over-aged (will be a 24-year old rookie) and injury prone. Not that good in reverse and rarely dropped into coverage at UD. Could be a liability in coverage if left at MLB. Will bite on counter action. Hasn't really made the transition mentally to LB, and still attacks the LOS like a DE on nearly every play. Will have a learning curve on LB diagnosis, read & reaction, etc. Not as rangy as you'd like, and may have to be a 3-4 ILB to make up for it. Too busy beating up on linemen to make the tackle at times.
Projection: 7th rounder."