04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 4/121 - Keshawn Martin, WR, 5-11, 189, Michigan State...He should provide depth as a slot receiver, and he has punt return capability that might make Jacoby Jones expendable. He scored five different ways in college, and the coaches like his versatility. - The Sports Xchange
Martin stayed close to home after starring at John Glenn High School in Westland, Mich. and being named to The Detroit News All-Metro West Team as a senior.
He accounted for 1,551 total yards and 17 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback who also saw time at cornerback and wide receiver during his prep career. An excellent overall athlete, Martin also played basketball and participated in track and field.
Martin got on the field immediately at Michigan State, registering 234 all-purpose yards as a true freshman, catching 11 passes and running the ball nine times.
His versatility was again on display in 2009, as Martin was third in the Big Ten with an average of 111.6 all-purpose yards per game while averaging 18.1 yards every time he touched the ball.
Martin had five starts at the "Z" receiver position in 2010, playing in 11 games overall. He was named first-team All-Big Ten as a punt returner by Rivals.com, and finished eighth in the conference with 103.1 all-purpose yards per game.
As a senior, Martin was honorable mention All-Big ten by the coaches after finishing second on the Spartans with 66 catches for 777 yards, both career highs. He added 274 yards on punt returns, 113 rushing and 30 on kick returns.
Martin closed his Michigan State career second in school history with 659 punt return yards, fourth in punt returns (65), eighth in kick return yards (1,100) and kick returns (47), 10th in all-purpose yards (4,013), 11th in receptions (127), 16th in receiving yards (1,714) and tied for 17th in touchdown pass receptions (10).
Strengths: Fluid athlete with quick, light feet and the ability to create in the open field. Elusive footwork and the acceleration to out-run most defenders. Balanced in his routes with the ability to create after the catch and be shifty in small areas. Shows the eyes to track the ball downfield and accurately as a return man. Runs hard and fast, showing resolve with the ball in his hands. Gives up top effort as a blocker. Has extensive special teams experience as a return man on punts and kickoffs, offering some versatility. Scored 6 non-receiving touchdowns over his Michigan State career (3 rushing, 2 punt returns and 1 kickoff return).
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size with a lean, skinny frame with little bulk or muscle definition. Has a wiry build with underwhelming strength and needs to spend more time in the weight room. Offers little power as a runner and won't break a lot of tackles. Would rather go out of bounds than fight for more yards. Still very raw as a route runner, often abandoning his routes too early with poor field awareness. Fights the ball a lot and allows too many passes into his body, leading to more and more drops. Inconsistent hands and struggles to adjust to off-target throws. Indecisive runner and dances too much, attempting to hit the home run on every play. Needs to show better instincts. Plays with wavering confidence and appears to hear "footsteps" a lot. Struggles against press coverage and can easily be overmatched by physical defenders. Not a quick-twitch athlete and needs a few steps to accelerate to full speed. Suspect ball security and is an inconsistent football player with too many mental errors. Not quite NFL ready.