Photo of Markelle Martin
Grade
56.2 ?
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 207LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Martin is a fast safety who has the ability to run down receivers from all over the field. He can be exposed at times due to his average athletic ability, but has value due to his speed and all-around skills. He is a smooth athlete who has difficulty covering more quick-twitch players. He understands how to support in run but does not display the physicality to be an imposing defender on the backend. Martin is a player who is always in position across the field, which coupled with his speed allows him to rarely get beat; there is, however, an absence of electricity in his play and he projects to be a serviceable option at safety at the next level. Martin has late-round value based on his speed and productivity at Oklahoma State.

Analysis

Strengths

Martin brings speed to any defense and is an obvious straight-line runner. He can get the defensive backfield lined up and reacts to plays well. He has the ability to recover when there is a busted coverage, and he has the skills to make a play on the ball once he gets there. Martin is able to get ball carriers down in run support, and understands how to play zone, although the two-high shell he was in consistently at Oklahoma State didn't give him much play or scheme differentiation. He is a fluid athlete who can run with receivers when tested deep, but he is better when running toward the play and not having to flip his hips.

Weaknesses

Martin is a smooth, non-explosive player who plays more not to get beat than to get involved heavily in the action. He tends to catch runners when tackling, and is limited when he plays guys one-on-one. He is around the ball often, but rarely does he step in front of the ball for a big turnover.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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