A report by Michael Starr Hopkins for the Redskins Wire.
Nico Marley may be known for his famous grandfather, reggae legend Bob Marley, but the former two-time first team All-American Conference player will soon be “jammin” on the football field.
The Tulane standout went undrafted this spring but fielded try-out offers from the New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins. Marley, a 5-foot-8 linebacker out of Tulane, impressed the Redskins brass at rookie minicamp and will now attempt to make the team’s 53-man roster.
Marley registered 319 tackles (200 solo tackles), 50.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions and 6.5 sacks while at Tulane. When asked about his motivation heading into training camp, Marley drew a familiar comparison:
“[T]he lion heart mentality,” Marley said. “Just being a lion, you see your prey and you go and get it. You are just somebody who wants to go and get it, the King of the Serengeti. You wake up, you have to be faster than the slowest gazelle. It’s just the lion mentality and the lion heart. It’s just what my dad instilled into me for the longest. I’m going to do me and I’m going to give them everything I got so that when I leave whenever that time is, it’s not because anything that I did.”
It will be difficult for Marley to make Washington’s 53-man roster. Marley joins a linebacker core that includes Ryan Kerrigan, Will Compton, recent free agency addition Zack Brown and second-round draft pick Ryan Anderson to name a few.