Jake Martin

Temple
EDGE

Prospect Info

College
Temple
Hometown
Class
Aurora, CO
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
230 lbs
- -
Hands
- -

Prospect Grade

5.27
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Seattle
Seahawks
Round 6 ‧ Pick 12
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Jake is the brother of Josh Martin, a five-year NFL veteran who started nine games at linebacker for the Jets in 2017. Jake's dream of joining his brother in the league became closer to a reality last fall, as he earned second-team All-American Athletic Conference honors with 39 tackles, 11 for loss, and eight sacks in 12 games. He had been a reserve all but one game the previous three years, recording 18 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2016 after combining for 18 in 2014 (13, 1.5 for loss) and 2015 (five, 2.5 for loss, sack).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round7/PFA
Overview
Martin is a tough, smart edge defender with the willingness to do whatever is asked of him. Despite playing at under 240 pounds, Martin has lined up as a defensive end and rushed from a nose-guard spot in some sub-package situations. He's undersized to be a full-time 3-4 outside linebacker on run downs, but he's got the upfield speed to warrant consideration as a sub-package rusher. Martin's size and testing numbers are close enough to former teammate's, Haason Reddick, that he might be able to transition into a role as a backup inside linebacker.
Strengths
  • Plus athlete with speed and quickness numbers that are above the NFL average
  • His 4.59 40-yard dash time shows up on tape with big closing burst
  • Wears single-digit jersey (No
  • 9) given to team's toughest players
  • Relentless motor on every snap
  • Playing style is energetic and urgent
  • Keeps hands busy to discard and work around his man
  • Has big initial burst up the field to attack the edge as a rusher
  • Quick, two-hand swipe is go-to rush move
  • Has a rush plan and can set up tackles for stab-and-under counter
  • Has sharp cornering ability to flatten and chase quarterback
  • Takes leveraged pursuit angles, but careful to contain when that is his job
  • Good football intelligence.
Weaknesses
  • Small to handle full-time reps as an edge defender in a 3-4 scheme
  • Lacks lower body anchor to withstand pressure from angle blocks
  • Will need to prove he can add and hold additional weight to stand and rush. Could struggle to handle NFL length as a rusher
  • Has just one season playing more than 35 percent of the defensive snaps
  • Doesn't make enough impact plays against the run.
Sources Tell Us

"He's a little on the small side but I could see him playing as a rotational backup as long as he is good on special teams. I think he has a chance as a rusher if he can add more moves to his rush." -- AFC linebackers coach

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GRADE
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