8. Marcus Tubbs
Position: Defensive tackle
Draft Year: 2004
Pick: 23rd (draft value: 760)
Marcus Tubbs came out of Texas in 2004 and created misgivings in Mel Kiper’s annual draft analysis. Kiper said immediately following the draft that Tubbs “will be a boom or bust player at [defensive tackle]. If he can stay consistent for four quarters, though, he will be a big-time performer.” Way to hedge your statements, Mel. That’s why he makes the big bucks. Tubbs showed some promise in his first two seasons, holding up well in the interior of the defensive line and recording 53 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He played well for the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks in 2005, but suffered a serious knee injury that required microfracture surgery after five games in 2006 and was never the same.
Tubbs hurt himself again during the preseason in 2007 and sat out the season on injured reserve. Mike Holmgren and the Seattle Seahawks released Tubbs in 2008 and he never played another NFL snap. Holmgren was willing to take another chance on the defensive tackle once he recovered from his injuries, but it never came to pass. He was supposed to be a lane-clogging tackle for years with the Seahawks, but it never happened.
Tubbs’ activities after the NFL were positive. He became the Director of Football Operations for the University of Texas, his alma mater. In 2012, he teamed up with an Austin, Texas financial consultant named Aldo Walker to incorporate a yoga conditioning program designed for football players getting in shape during the spring.
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