Thursday, April 26, 2012
Harvard-Westlake grad a projected NFL first-rounder
By Tim Haddock
A Harvard-Westlake grad will probably hear his name called on the first day of the NFL draft.
Jonathan Martin, who prepped at Harvard-Westlake in North Hollywood before playing for Stanford, could go to the San Diego Chargers with the 18th pick in the first round. He is projected as first-round pick. Other teams that need and might select an offensive lineman in the first round are the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 24 and the Baltimore Ravens at No. 29.
A couple other players from California are expected to be first-round picks. Here is a look at who could be selected in the first round:
Matt Kalil, USC, Servite High in Anaheim. The 6-7, 295-pound offensive lineman was one of the ESPN 150 and a USA Today All-USA selection in his senior year of high school.
Martin, Stanford, Harvard-Westlake. The 6-5, 312 pounder was an All CIF Southern Section and Del Rey League selection in his senior year of high school. Harvard-Westlake was 8-4 and reached the second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs in 2007, Martin’s senior season.
Doug Martin, Boise State, St. Mary’s in Stockton. The 5-9, 223-pound running back averaged 123.4 yards per game in his senior season at St. Mary’s in Stockton. He gained 1,234 yards and scored 14 touchdowns for St. Mary’s in the 2007 season.