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Old 03-22-2014, 05:45 PM   #46
Mat'hir Uth Gan
Is It Draft Day Yet?

Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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2014 Reese's Senior Bowl Participant - North
2013 All-ACC First Team
2013 Preseason All-ACC
2013 Hendricks Award Midseason Watch List
2013 Hendricks Award Watch List
2013 Bednarik Award Watch List
2013 Nagurski Trophy Watch List
2012 All-ACC Second Team (Coaches and Media)

2010 (Freshman): 16 Tackles, 2 Stuffs, 1 Pass Defended
2011 (Sophomore): 40 Tackles, 7 Stuffs, 4 Sacks, 6 Passes Defended.
2012 (Junior): 40 Tackles, 16 Stuffs, 4 Sacks, 3 Passes Defended, 1 Forced Fumble.
2013 (Senior): 82 Tackles, 22 Stuffs, 12 Sacks, 3 Passes Defended, 3 Forced Fumbles.


6'6, 270 lbs, 35" Arms, 10" Hands
4.72 40 Yard Dash.
1.53 10 Yard Split.
35'5 Vertical Jump
10'9 Broad Jump
22 Reps of 225
7.2 3 Cone Drill

Martin's 10 Yard split in the 40 is the best of all defensive linemen at the Combine and probably in this entire draft. At 1.53, that is insanely quick and that burst is reinforced by his Combine D-line best 10'9 Broad Jump, which measures that initial explosion. The next best 10 yard split was 1.56, which is a huge difference, and that was by Clowney, Mack, Barr, and Ronald Powell. 22 Reps with 35" arms is also ridiculous strength, and those arms are the longest of any DE in this draft. This is a ridiculous athlete with flawless size and length for a DE in the NFL. He was also very productive in college, improving every season, significantly so his Senior Year, where he was one of the most productive D-linemen in college football, period.


"STRENGTHS: Certainly looks the part of a first round pick, boasting broad shoulders, long arms and a trim middle reminiscent of an NBA power forward. Offers good initial quickness off the snap, as well as straight-line speed to close quickly on the ball-carrier. Martin's best attribute is his strength at the point of attack. He gets a strong initial jolt to his opponent, quickly locking out to survey the action and showing the strength to rip himself free and pursue or stay home, as needed. While not particularly fluid, Martin's length and strength aid him as a tackler, as he's able to grab hold of the ball-carrier and throw him to the ground. Possesses the frame to handle moving inside on obvious passing downs, using his burst to split gaps."

"North Carolina has an impressive tradition of athletes and that has really shown up in its defensive linemen. The next in that line is Kareem Martin, another impressive athlete who has been able to have a productive senior year for the Tar Heels. The Tar Heels have used him all over their defensive line from a traditional defensive end to playing a 4-technique head up over the tackle to a 5-technique to playing a 3-technique defensive tackle in situations. They constantly moved him around and allowed him to be a mismatch, stop the run and find ways to harass opposing quarterbacks."


This is the prototype at DE that Marvin Lewis always drafts. He's a spitting image of the DE we just lost in Free Agency named Michael Johnson, perhaps with more long term upside. DE was a need position as we only have LE Carlos Dunlap, rotational RE Wallace Gilberry, and 2nd round bust Margus Hunt. The goal is to start Dunlap at LE as usual, start Gilberry at RE while rotating with Martin heavily until Martin is ready to start. That might be next year. Meanwhile, we'll still continue to develop Hunt, he was always a long term project, and there's still hope he can provide meaningful snaps at LE if Dunlap gets nicked up. We also can cut ties with long term vet Robert Geathers, whose best days are far behind him. Make no mistake, while Hunt was drafted as a long term project, Martin is being brought in to compete to start this year.

Pick Made at 8:45 EST, BowlenBall and the Pittsburgh Steelers are now on the clock.

Last edited by Mat'hir Uth Gan; 03-22-2014 at 06:47 PM.. Reason: Thourough Write-Up
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