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Sherrod Martin (S)
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 198
College: Troy
Conference: Sun Belt
Hometown: Griffin, GA
High School: Griffin
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Selected by: Carolina Panthers
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 27 (59)
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Pick Analysis: The Panthers nab a safety with corner-like size and skills. Martin is a tough, hard-nosed player with the movement skills to excel outside in the right scheme. With the Panthers looking for a big corner to add to their sub-package, Martin should get on the field early and often as a rookie.
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Overview

After two injury-plagued seasons, Martin was fully healthy in 2008, going on to establish himself as one of the premier pass defenders in the South. He tied the school single-game record and set an NCAA record for most interceptions in a quarter, picking off three passes in the second quarter in the 2008 Alcorn State game.


Those were Martin's first interceptions since Oct. 20, 2005 vs. Florida International. Since then he has undergone three major operations and missed one entire season. "I'm speechless," Martin said after that game. "The team did a lot of good things tonight. The defensive line and linebackers hustled and executed. I had the easy job, all I had to do was catch the football."


One of the hardest hitting safeties in college football, Martin was known for initiating contact. He ranks 14th in the school's storied history with 292 tackles, which are the second most by a Trojans defensive back. His 191 solo stops rank 10th overall and set the school all-time record for secondary performers.


Martin lettered three times as a free safety and wide receiver at Griffin High School. The team captain earned first-team All-Area honors and received the All-Purpose Player of the Year Award from the Griffin Daily News in 2002. He was also named to the All-Area team by Kudzu Magazine as a senior.


In his final season, Martin recorded three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns as a senior, finishing with 70 tackles and five stops for loss. He gained more than 700 yards rushing on 80 carries, as well as scoring seven touchdowns. He caught seven passes for 177 yards and led the team and region in punt returns. He also lettered in basketball four times and participated in track & field for two seasons.


Martin originally signed with Troy in 2003, but deferred enrollment until January 2004. He opened the 2004 season as a reserve, taking over strong safety duties for the final seven games. He finished fourth on the team with 68 tackles (41 solos), including 4.5 stops for loss. He caused two fumbles, deflected five passes, intercepted three others and also blocked one kick.


Despite playing with damage in both shoulders, Martin finished second on the team with 78 tackles (54 solos) in 2005. He switched from jersey No. 13 to No. 6, as he added a sack to go with five stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also broke up 11 passes and intercepted two others. After the season, he underwent surgery on both shoulders and was slow to recover, sitting out the 2006 campaign.


Martin returned to action in 2007 and was brought along slowly the first two games, but he suffered bone fractures in his hand vs. Florida that required surgery, keeping him on the sidelines for the next two games. When he returned, he went on to start six contests as the team's nickel back. He posted 52 tackles (35 solos), sixth on the team, as he tallied three sacks and nine stops for loss. He also caused a school single-season record six fumbles.


Martin returned to his familiar position at free safety for the 2008 season, starting all 13 games. The All-Sun Belt Conference choice ranked third on the squad with a career-high 94 tackles (61 solos). He broke up seven passes and intercepted four others, including three in the second quarter vs. Alcorn State.


High School

Attended Griffin (Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Steve Devoursney...Lettered three times as a free safety and wide receiver, as the team captain earned first-team All-Area honors and received the All-Purpose Player of the Year Award from the Griffin Daily News in 2002...Named to the All-Area team by Kudzu Magazine as a senior...In his final season, Martin recorded three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns as a senior, finishing with 70 tackles and five stops for loss...Gained more than 700 yards rushing on 80 carries, as well as scoring seven touchdowns...Also caught seven passes for 177 yards and led the team and region in punt returns...Lettered in basketball four times and participated in track & field for two seasons.


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Analysis

Positives: Good height and has a wiry, strong frame. ... Flies around the field. ... Gets to the opposite sideline in a hurry. ... His speed and coverage skills take away opponents' deep routes, allowing the defensive line to wreak havoc. ... Can work through trash and find the ball. ... Has nice length to wrap up in the open field. ... Despite his height, Martin has the low, smooth backpedal necessary to play corner. ... Has speed to blitz effectively from 10 yards out or close quickly on inside runs. ... Used as a gunner on punt returns.


Negatives: May become a safety/corner "tweener." ... Instincts are questionable and he will take bad angles to the ballcarrier. ... Gets sucked in on play-action. ... Is not a consistent tackler in space as he fails to break down, drops his head or tries to tackle the ballcarrier's shoulder pads. ... Not the physical force putting fear into receivers over the middle. ... Is only adequate against receiver blocks downfield. ... Redshirted in 2006 after having surgery on both shoulders (labrum) prior to spring practice. ... Missed four games in 2007 with broken bones in his left hand. ... Turned 24 during his senior season.


Injury Report

2005: Played the entire season with shoulder problems, undergoing surgery to repair his AC joints after the season and was granted a medical hardship for the 2006 campaign.


2007: Suffered broken bones in his hand vs. Florida (9/08) that required surgery, forcing him to sit out vs. Oklahoma State (9/14) and Louisiana-Lafayette (9/22).


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