Draft preview: Okla. State S Markelle Martin

April, 11, 2012
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The 23rd installment of our draft preview series focuses on Oklahoma State safety Markelle Martin.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 4 safety, No. 76 overall
Bio: First-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior, when he had 74 tackles (five for losses), 11 passes broken up, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Three-year starter who only had three interceptions in his career, all as a junior. Did not participate in Oklahoma State’s March pro day due to his knee injury, but he was timed at 4.43 in the 40 and measured with a 37-inch vertical jump the previous year.

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Chris Morrison/US PresswireOklahoma State safety Markelle Martin could improve his tackling by playing a little more under control.
Size: 6-foot-0 , 207 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.48 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 19
Did not work out at combine due knee injury

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Texas A&M, Baylor and Stanford games): Is much more of a free safety type than Mark Barron or Harrison Smith. … Would call him a 50-50 tackler at best. Will take some funny angles to the ball and tends to lunge when he gets in position. Had some plays where he missed badly in the open field, but also had a play against Stanford where he blew the receiver up on a crossing route, so you do see a physical side of him. Did have a wrap-up tackle when the ball spilled outside and he was able to get the ball carrier to the ground. … Shows the athletic ability to drive on the ball when he is covering in the slot. Pretty good job in the Baylor game of reading the out route from the slot and knocking the ball down. Plays with good range, and you see him more in coverage than Barron and Smith. … Good athletic ability to stay in position on the route. Plays with some foot quickness. Will carry his man up the field, as well. Looks more natural in coverage than Barron or Smith. Will get a little high and tall in his pedal, but it doesn’t hurt him that much overall. … Had a bad bust in the bowl game on a seam route when he got caught looking into the backfield. The receiver ran right by him and Andrew Luck had no problem with the throw for a touchdown. Thought there might be some questions with his awareness after this because in the Texas A&M game, he didn’t correctly read the crack block of the receiver and got hammered. In the Baylor game, he let the receiver run an inside route on him then cross his face without adjusting. You see one of these types of plays each game. … Has a reputation as a big hitter and you do see him try and line receivers up, but if he just played under better control, I am sure that his tackling would improve. … Has the speed and quickness to walk down in the slot to cover, whereas Barron and Smith have to take a physical approach with the receiver to make that happen. Barron and Smith have the better of Martin when it comes to anticipation and the ability to quickly read the play. Martin is a much better athlete, but he makes more mistakes. Has been awarded academic recognition for his classroom work, but there are times where he doesn’t play smart football.

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