Markelle Martin Scouting Report | 2012 NFL Draft
Prospect Name: Markelle Martin
School: Oklahoma St.
Position: Free Safety
Defense surely wasn’t the catalyst for Oklahoma State’s success in 2011- allowing 34 points to Louisiana-Lafayette, 33 to Tulsa, and 37 to a loss to Iowa St. isn’t necessarily stellar defense. One bright spot on the Cowboys’ defense, though, was safety Markelle Martin who was a phenomenal center fielder in pass defense and an intimidating force with his potential for bone-crushing hits.
Martin’s versatility will certainly help his stock, with the ability to play both free and strong safety. He has the size to move down into the box, but excels playing centerfield as a ballhawk.
Martin could be a punishing hitter with a great first pop at the point of contact. Makes excellent, hard breaks on balls with a great initial burst and phenomenal straight-line speed, making him a dangerous, lurking ballhawk especially in zone coverage.
Could also be a steady contributor on a number of special teams, where he excelled at Oklahoma St. Rare combination of size and speed, looking to run in the low 4.4 range at the combine. Stepped up in biggest games notching nine tackles in 2010 Cotton Bowl then won player of the game the following year in the Alamo Bowl with an outstanding performance.
While Martin provides a great initial pop on contact, his tackling form needs to greatly improve. He’s often trying to drag or yank down ball-carriers. Not nearly as good against the run as he is against the pass. He especially has trouble tackling in the open field where his poor tackling form is at its worst; his angles towards ball-carriers aren’t perfect which contributes to the aforementioned poor tackling.
A weak safety class will help Martin’s stock seeing as the only safety I have ahead of Martin would be Mark Barron of Alabama. Martin’s versatility will help his stock; his size and speed should produce impressive numbers at the combine which will also help Martin’s stock improve. Martin isn’t Ed Reed –he isn’t complete enough to be a future all-pro, but he could develop into a solid starter and will undoubtedly contribute on special teams for whichever team selects him.
Projection: 2nd round pick