Photo of Kareem Martin
Drafted By: Cardinals
  • Round 3
  • Pick 20
  • Overall 84

Combine Results

5.66 ?
  • 4.72 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 129.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.33 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"At 6-foot-6, he wins with length. He's not as twitchy as you would like. I think he's a starting base end in the NFL." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'6" Height
  • 35" Arm Length
  • 272LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands


Played football and basketball as a North Carolina prep. Played in 11 games (starting the first three at defensive end) as a true freshman in 2010 and had 16 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and zero sacks with one pass batted. Moved into the starting lineup for good in '11 and tallied 40-7-4 with six passes batted, starting 13 games from the right DE position. Started all 12 games in '12 and recorded 40-15.5-4 with three passes batted and one forced fumble. Had at least one tackle for loss in 10 different games. In '13, he tied for eighth among FBS players in sacks, finishing the year 82-21.5-11.5 with three passes batted and three forced fumbles in 13 starts. Team captain.



Has very long arms. Good eyes and recognition -- senses screens, locates the ball and understands contain. Strong-handed to punch and extend. Good short-area burst. Uses his length to force his way into gaps. Flashes power potential. Nice closing speed. Wrap tackler. Football smart. Durable three-year starter. Solid personal and football character with leadership traits. Showed explosion at the combine, recording a 10-foot, 9-inch broad jump (best among defensive linemen) and a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump.


Needs to bulk up and get functionally stronger. Has tapered legs and is not stout at the point of attack -- does not generate power through his lower half and is too easily displaced. Pad level fluctuates. Needs to improve as a hands fighter. Can do a better job protecting his legs. Average get-off -- pops up off the snap and initial steps are unthreatening. Rush lacks variety. Does not accelerate off blocks or consistently bend the corner. Occasionally loafs on the back side. Tweener traits.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

Bottom Line

Big, narrow-framed, long-levered defensive lineman who shows big-time flashes of potential as a 4-3 left end, though he needs to fortify his base as a run defender and hone his technique as a pass rusher. Possesses very intriguing dimensions for a rush OLB role in a traditional, two-gapping, 3-4 alignment and showed he is athletic enough to handle it at his pro day.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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.