As the Raiders continue to leave no stone unturned, they have worked out Michigan State linebacker prospect Marcus Rush according to Tony Pauline of Draftinsiders.net.
Despite starting 53-straight games over his four-year career and Michigan State that saw him named Big-Ten Honorable Mention four-straight seasons, he was snubbed for an invite the scouting combine.
At his Pro Day he had decent numbers overall. His 6.73 3-cone would have been 2nd among LB at the combine and 11.49 60-yard shuttle would have been 3rd. His 40-yard dash of 4.68 would have been 15th, 24 reps on the bench press 10th, and 4.22 20-yard shuttle 12th. He didn't do near as well in in the vertical jump (34-inches), and broad jump (9'9").
The 6-2, 247-pounder played defensive end his entire college career, but figures to translate more as a linebacker at the NFL level. He himself has said he figures more as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He is projected to be a late round selection in the draft or perhaps a priority free agent.
Along with his stalwart play on defense, he has also shown he is a valuable special teams player as well. That figures to be his key to sticking in the pros. One of his most memorable moments came in Michigan State's historic 42-41 Cotton Bowl victory over Baylor in which he blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter to keep his team's rally from 21 points down alive.
Last season Rush had 37 tackles, including career bests in tackles for loss (10.5) and sacks (7.5). As a junior he had 30 tackles, including 7.5 for a loss and 5.0 sacks