Marquis Hayes Jr.

Marquis Hayes Jr.

  • Height
  • Hand
    8 7/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
  • Arm
    34 7/8
  • Speed
OG Combine Averages
  • Height
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
  • Weight
  • Arm
    33 1/4
  • Speed
Nathan Pratt - Scout
Marquis Hayes Jr.
  • Overall Rank
  • Position Rank
  • Position
  • Age
    23.4 Years
  • Team


Year Starts Games Sacks Allowed Hits Allowed Pressures Pressure %
2019 13 13 0 0 10 2.4%
2020 11 11 2 2 12 2.9%
2021 13 13 3 1 13 2.8%


Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Above the line Height and Length with a frame that looks to be maxed out. Hayes could lean out his midsection as it looks to be holding a bit too much fat. Missed only one game in his 3-year career at Oklahoma and his only missed game was in 2019 against South Dakota though the injury was undisclosed. Played 836/879 Offensive snaps and 91 Special Team snaps in 2021.

  • Size
  • Length
  • Frame/Durability
Grade 6.7


Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Plays with a high effort and motor and is seen consistently blocking to the end of the play and running downfield to block for a teammate, would also consistently looking for work in pass protection. Average instincts as he would be seen missing blocking assignments in the run game from time to time but would also be seen scanning for delayed rushers and pointing out potential blitzers presnap.

  • Toughness
  • Instincts
  • Effort/Motor
Grade 6.0


Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Hayes is a limited athlete who struggles getting out in space on screens and getting to the outside shoulder of a 3-Tech on reach blocks although he at times showed he could do these it was more of an anomaly than a consistency issue. When running and trying to change direction he looked stiff and it would seem as if he was really struggling to get moving. He did however demonstrate above the line strength and adequate body control as he was never really seen on the ground losing balance while also driving DL out of gaps and moving LBs and DBs way out of the way. While his bend is average his strength makes up for it allowing him to still generate movement although he may struggle to generate the same movement in the NFL since players will be as strong or stronger than him so he will need to work on lowering his pad level.

  • Explosiveness
  • Speed
  • Body Control
  • Flexibility/Bend
  • Change of Direction
  • Play Strength
Grade 5.0


Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Pass Block – Hayes is a solid pass protector who relies more on his length and overall strength than technique and it shows in his play as his hand placement in generally all over the place and rarely in the same spot. Instead of striking the defender in his chest he tends to wrap his arms around them and engulf them into him which at the next level will result in a lot of holding penalties (he had 6 of them in 2021). When he does get his hands in proper position, he shows off his impressive length and grip strength and will lock out and latch his defender essentially stopping them in their tracks. He also would not stop his feet upon contact which allowed him to keep himself in position in front of the defender and stay in phase with them. Due to his above the line strength he also would be able to absorb bullrushes well and would not give up much ground but he will need to improve his leverage as he will not be able to consistently win with pure strength at the next level. When not matched up with a defender he would quickly transition to helping his other OL in pass pro mainly looking to knock the defender over on the ground and finish them. Run Block – Hayes is more of a phone booth run blocker than an open space blocker. Where he excels in power runs duo blocking and downhill runs, he struggles as much in outside zone blocking screens and pulling into space. What he lacks in his athletic ability to get to the blocks he makes up for in his play temperament and overall strength. He constantly looks to flatten and finish his defender while driving them out of gaps and space to create canyons for his runners. Though this is much more of a rare occurrence when he is asked to seal a gap and reach block and occurs much more often when he is asked to block downhill and move defenders out of the gap.

  • Pass Block
  • Run Block
  • Strike
  • Second Level
  • Pulling/Space Play
  • Anchor
  • Footwork
  • Play Temperament
Grade 5.8

Grading Scale

  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1


What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Hayes finishes his career at Oklahoma earning an All Big 12 Second Team Selection and an Academic All Big 12 First Team honoree in both 2020 and 2021 while starting in 37/40 games he played in. Hayes is a late day 2 guard prospect who best projects to an NFL team team that emphasizes strength and size over athleticism. Although he is not a day 1 starter, he can provide quality depth for the team that drafts him and could eventually develop into an average starter for an NFL team.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • vs TCU
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • Moved guys in the run game consistently, Only allowed 1 pressure
  • iconWorst Game
  • at Oklahoma St.
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • 2 Holding Penalties and struggled holding his blocks in run game
Best Trait
Play Temperment and Length
Pro Comparison
Smaller Ereck Flowers