Photo of Ross Martin
Grade
5.15 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'9" Height
  • 28 3/4" Arm Length
  • 183LBS. Weight
  • 7 3/8" Hands

Overview

When the Blue Devils landed the top-rated kicker recruit in the country for the 2012 season, they found a reliable scorer of which most other schools could only wish. Martin came three points short of clearing 100 points in each of his four seasons (106 in 2012, 97 in 2013, 107 in 2014, 120 in 2015). He missed only one extra point in his career (196 for 197) and made 84 percent of his field goal attempts even with a "down year" in 2013 (68.4 percent made, one of four from 40-49 yards). Martin made eight of ten attempts from 50 yards away or longer -- going four-for-four in 2015. He received All-ACC notice each year, as well, being voted honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore and consensus third team all-conference in his junior and senior seasons. Martin had kickoff duties in three of his four years, causing 72 touchbacks in 228 tries.

Analysis

Strengths

Considered a true technician in the kicking world. After a rough sophomore season, bounced back with outstanding accuracy over the next two seasons. Connected on 90.5 percent of his kicks in 2014 and 86.7 percent in 2015. Accurate from deep. Made 4-of-4 from 50-plus this season and has made 8-of-10 lifetime from that range. Has made 13-of-16 from 40-plus over the last two seasons. Has never had a field goal or extra point blocked. High school punter who could punt in a pinch. Known for mental toughness.

Weaknesses

Might not have a leg big enough for NFL kick­off duties. Averaged just 59.9 yards per kickoff with a hang- time that has never ended up higher than 3.72 for any single season. Had two kickoffs returned for touchdowns this season. Missed twice in a game against Virginia Tech including potential game-winner with 1:04 left in regulation.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Bottom Line

Martin has been one of the most consistent kickers in college football over the last two seasons and has the ability to drive the ball with power and accuracy. He's also not afraid to get into the mix if a tackle needs to be made as witnessed by his 13 special teams tackles during his time at Duke. Martin has a strong leg as a field goal kicker, but needs to show he can drive his kickoffs with better length and hang time to improve his draft stock.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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