Martin was a high school quarterback and cornerback but signed with Minnesota to play defense.
He moved to linebacker as a freshman and before long he was a mainstay in the lineup, starting nine games as a sophomore. He started nine games again as a junior and, after sitting out the opener for a violation of team rules, was able to play in eight games as a senior despite a knee injury.
Martin had 59 tackles as a junior and 66 as a senior.
Prototype frame looks the part of an NFL linebacker. Length has an impact both in the run and pass game. Body has room to add more weight if needed. Smart player who can follow the ball through a crowd with his eyes. Game sped up significantly from his junior year to his senior year. Patient and assignment sound player. Engaged when rushing the passer, and puts the effort in to make blockers work. Able to make plays on the ball from coverage if passes go errant at all. Awareness and football intelligence stands out when working against the pass game.
Play strength doesn't stand out. Has trouble with finishing tackles without the help of teammates. Needs a lot of work with tackling form as he transitions to the pros. Gets pushed out of the way when taking on blockers. Angles to the ball are messy and out of control. Athleticism doesn't stand out on the field. Uncoordinated mover who struggles to break into a stride. Can't make up for lost ground if he gets out of position at all. Always seems to be leaving opportunities on the field.
Glenn Carson, retired -- Martin's lack of strength and inconsistency as a tackler is a callback to former Penn State linebacker Glenn Carson. Carson only appeared in a handful of NFL games before washing out of the league. Martin's upside is higher, but he'll need to take huge steps if he wants to stick around for long in the NFL. The most likely outcome for Martin will be trying to make it onto a practice squad following a late-round selection or undrafted signing.
Projection: Seventh Round
--Field Level Media