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College: North Carolina

Position: Defensive End                                                                               

Height: 6-5

Weight: 272 lbs

Projected Round:  mid 2nd round to mid-3rd round

Kareem Martain is not a guy a lot of people have a lot of attention on when people look at the top defensive lineman in this draft but he is a potential sleeper that could see a potential rise after a great showing at the NFL combine.  

Postives

In terms of his combine numbers, Martin probably had one of the best if not the best combines. He was top 5 in the drills involving explosion and lower body explosion. His 40 time was second best to Clowney’s for defensive lineman over 265 lbs, he had a pretty solid vertical jump, but what really stood out was his broad jump which was the best out of the defensive lineman and his 10 yard split during his 4.72 forty was the best (yes even better than Clowney’s) out of all the defensive lineman. The explosion that he shows judging based on his combine numbers is something you get out of a top 15 pick.

He’s a solid tackler and understands contain assignments when facing mobile QB’s and understands assignments outside of just rushing the passer despite being a good fit in a 4-3, 5 tech scheme. He also has a solid run defense game and doesn’t allow blockers to get leverage over him on running plays. The senior was a defensive captain for North Carolina and was well respected by many of his teammates and coaches. In terms of size Martin is the perfect size for a 4-3 size at 6-5, 272 lbs and his long 35 inch arms. On paper Martin is the defensive end that scouts look for.

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Kareem Martain on tape never showed this explosion that he demonstrated at the combine during his time at North Carolina. He was often hesitant to engage blockers with his hands and wasn’t really competitive at the point of attack as a rusher. His production was solid for his senior year but he but he got most of it from poor competition and garbage time. He also struggled at the senior bowl in one on one drills and in 11-11 drills according to numerous scouts. 

 

In closing, Kareem Martin is a great athlete who just hasn’t been able to translate his god given athletic abilities unto the football field. If he can go to a team with the right team that with a solid coaching staff that will show him how to use his athleticism and hands to step up his game, Martin can be a solid pick up on the second day.   

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