Wyoming Marcus Epps, who was selected from the 191st overall spot, became the second of three sixth-round picks drafted by the Vikings.
Epps went from walk-on to three-time team captain for the Cowboys. Over four seasons (following a redshirt in 2014), he racked up 325 tackles (215 solo), nine interceptions returned for 211 yards and a touchdown, 2.0 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and 22 passes broken up.
Epps recorded two interceptions, including a pick-six, against Eastern Michigan in 2016.While Epps was not an NFL Scouting Combine invitee, he made the most of his performance at Wyoming’s Pro Day in early March.
According to Davis Potter of the Casper Star Tribune, Epps recorded a 38.5-inch vertical jump and leapt 10 feet, 4 inches in the broad jump. He clocked in at 4.06 in the 20-yard shuttle and “was clocked at 4.52 seconds and 4.54 seconds” in the 40-yard dash, despite fighting cramps.
Epps continued to be one of the top playmakers not only on the Cowboys, but in the Mountain West Conference. Epps finished the season with 68 tackles with 42 solo stops and 26 assisted. He also recorded one sack and five tackles for loss. Epps recorded four interceptions on the season and also broke up four passes. He recorded one fumble recovery and also forced one fumble. In his career, Epps has recorded 262 career tackles to go along with nine interceptions and four fumbles recoveries. He also has forced four fumbles in his career and has broken up 22 career passes.
Marcus Epps was a valuable playmaker in the UW secondary. He finished the season with 111 tackles ranking second on the team. He also added six tackles for loss. Epps tied for the team lead in interceptions with three. He recorded two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown against Eastern Michigan. Epps led the Cowboys this season with six pass breakups. He also forced two fumbles and recovered three. He recorded a career-high tying 13 tackles in the Mountain West Championship game. He also added 12 tackles in games against UNLV and San Diego State in the regular season home finale. He also recorded an interception and returned it for 27 yards against Air Force. Heads into the season with 194 career tackles.
Epps had a strong first season with the Pokes playing in all 11 games, ranking third on the team in total tackles and leading the Pokes in interceptions with two. He recorded 83 tackles on the season with 59 solo stops and 24 assisted tackles. He ranked fifth in the Mountain West and No. 39 in the nation in solo tackles per game at 5.4 and ranked 12th in the MW in total tackles (7.5 tackles per game). He also recorded two tackles for loss for five yards. Epps added a forced fumble and four pass breakups. He recorded a career-high 13 tackles in back-to-back contests against Utah State and Colorado State. Against the Rams he recorded a career-high 11 solo tackles. For the season, Epps recorded four double-digit tackle games. He recorded interceptions at Washington State and Appalachian State. He recorded eight tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups at Boise State.
Less than a week after the 2019 NFL Draft, the Vikings are starting to sign some of their picks.
Per Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, the Vikings have come to terms with second-round pick Irv Smith Jr. and sixth-round picks Oli Udoh and Marcus Epps.Yet to be signed includes first-round pick Garrett Bradbury, third-round pick Alexander Mattison, fourth-round pick Dru Samia, fifth-round pick Cameron Smith, sixth-round pick Armon Watts, and seventh-round picks Kris Boyd, Dillon Mitchell, Olabisi Johnson and Austin Cutting.
Epps becomes just the fourth player to ever be drafted from the University of Wyoming. He is the third-highest Cowboy selected by Minnesota behind defensive back Chuck Lamson, whom the Vikings drafted 43rd overall in their inaugural 1961 season, and linebacker Patrick Chukwurah the 157th overall pick in 2007. Minnesota also drafted defensive end Craig Schlichting in 1990 with the 214th spot.
To date, 46 Wyoming players have been drafted, the highest being quarterback Josh Allen, snagged seventh overall by the Bills in 2018.