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2023 NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Mariano Sori-Marin, LB, Minnesota

Mariano Sori-Marin is a good tackler and run defender for the Minnesota Gophers. Hula Bowl scout, Bryan Ault breaks down Sori-Marin as an NFL Prospect in this article.
Mariano Sori-Marin is a good tackler and run defender for the Minnesota Gophers. Hula Bowl scout, Bryan Ault breaks down Sori-Marin as an NFL Prospect in this article.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Mariano Sori-Marin, #55
School (Code)MNUN
DOB, Class Yr12-15-1999, RS Sr.
Height, Weight6021, 235
40 Yd Dash4.85
Arms, Hands3200, 0912
Position/DepthStarter
Honors/CaptainshipNA
Season Viewed (yr)2021-2022
Games WatchedWVUN (2021), ILWE (2022), NMST (2022)
Scout Name / DateBryan Ault / 9/16/2022

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

202113 GP 85 T, 45 T, 40 Solo, 0 Sacks, 2 FF
20207 GP, 54 T, 28 Solo, 26 AST, 0 Sacks, 1 FF
201913 GP, 42 T, 18 Solo, 24 AST, 0 Sacks, 0 FF
201812 GP, 5 T, 1 Solo, 4 AST, 0 Sacks, 0 FF

Player Summary:

Redshirt SR. Starter at ILB. Has a very muscular and thick frame with good upper and lower body strength. Good playing experience as a four-year starter. Not a good pass rusher but a very good run defender and possesses strong pass coverage skills to add value to an NFL team. As a pass rusher, he is below-average; has never recorded a sack in college. Lacks explosiveness/quickness to shoot through gaps and pressure the QB. At times will stunt and come off the edge on blitz packages and get neutralized by opposing OTs. I would like to see him develop and get more use in this area. As a run defender, he is very good, possesses good instincts, and flows to the ball. Exhibits good tackling technique; can bend, come to balance, and make open-field tackles. Has a good motor and reaction time. Can shed and elude blocks at the 1st level. Tough player around the goal line/short yardage. Can stick his nose in a pile and wrap up. Also has good range and pursuit ability to clean up tackles in the flat and chase down ball carriers. In pass coverage, he is good. Does a great job of covering RBs and dropping in coverage to defend deep routes. Flashed ability to come out of a backpedal and bust up slip screens to RBs and make open-field tackles. Strikes me on the field as a tough, rugged Midwest prospect with high effort.

Scheme Fit:

ILB in a 3-4 or 4-3.

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Power Statement:

Mariano needs to develop as a pass rusher, but he is a good run defender and strong in pass coverage, two skills that will carry him a long way. If he develops more pass rush skills, he can become a high-quality draft prospect.

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