Round 7 (pick 235): Marcel Jensen, TE, Fresno State
Measurables: 6-5, 265 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.85
2013: 13 games, 9 starts, 26 rec, 353 yards, 13.6 ypc, 3 TD
2012: 13 games, 8 starts, 20 rec, 339 yards, 17.0 ypc, 4 TD
2011: 10 games, 2 rec, 16 yards, 8.0 ypc, 1 TD
2013: All-Mountain West second team.
2012: All-Mountain West Honorable Mention. Mountain West Academic All-American. Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award
2011: Academic All-WAC team
Marcel Jensen is known as a blocking tight end, but he also is a reliable receiver as well. After his junior season in which he averaged a team leading 17.0 yards per catch, totaling 339 yards and 4 touchdowns, he was placed on the Mackey Award preseason watch list. His senior season, he took another step forward catching more passes for more yards.
The areas in which he has always done well are his blocking and special teams. As a blocker, he helped allow Derek Carr and the Fresno State offense put up monster numbers, leading to 19 school records. He also caught at least three passes in seven of the team's 13 games last season.
He showed in the clutch as well, catching three passes in the 2013 Mountain West Championship game for 41 yards and a touchdown. He did it in the Championship game the previous season as well, hauling in 3 passes for 46 yards and two touchdowns. When Derek Carr needed him most, Jensen came through.
When you're talking about late round picks like this, special teams often becomes a major factor. The 6-5, 265-pound tight end excelled on special teams including blocking what would have been a game-winning field goal against San Diego State to keep the Bulldogs undefeated on the season. That earned him Mountain West Special Teams player of the week.
The fact that he didn't put up overall fantastic numbers at Fresno State doesn't diminish his talent. It only serves to have him flying under the radar of most teams. He was a cog in a machine at Fresno State which often meant doing the dirty work without the glamorous individual stats to show for it.
His 4.85 40-yard dash is far from elite speed but it put him among the top performers among tight ends at the scouting combine. He is a very good athlete overall and was among the top performers in scouting combine workouts. His best workout was his 35.0 inch vertical which was second among tight ends. He also had 24 reps on the 225-pound bench press (6th), 9'7" broad jump (10th), and 7.38 3-cone (7th).
The Raiders entire offensive staff was present at the Fresno State pro day. They were likely mostly on hand to see Derek Carr but as is often the case, in those situations other prospects can jump off the page. Jensen's athletic abilities and sound all-around skills make him a strong candidate for that.