LAS VEGAS - Coming out of Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas, linebacker Brandon Marshall received only two scholarship offers to play in college. After red-shirting his first year at the University of Nevada Reno, he became a three-year starter who led the Wolf Pack in tackles his senior year.
The NFL took notice. Marshall heard his named called by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 5th round of last Saturday's NFL Draft.
Marshall admits taking a different path to the NFL than many of his colleagues.
"It's just you know, hard work, you know. I didn't have to go to USC or Florida to get drafted, and a lot of those guys didn't get drafted that went to USC and Florida and things like that," he said. "It's not where you start. It's where you finish."
Marshall, of course, shares the same name of another Brandon Marshall - the well-known wide receiver who was recently traded to the Chicago Bears. The Las Vegas version of Marshall says people get confused all the time, especially on Twitter.
"I had somebody before the draft write me on Twitter and say, ‘Hey Brandon Marshall, who do you think? Who do you want the Bears to take with the 19th overall pick?' and ‘I think they should pick Brandon Marshall, the linebacker from Nevada.' He still didn't get it," he said.
Marshall reported to rookie mini camp with the Jaguars Thursday. He was the first of five players from Las Vegas taken on the third day of the draft.