Kareem Martin, DE

School: North Carolina  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Roanoke Rapids, NC
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 272 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.682.651.6422 35 1/210'9"4.337.20

Player Overview

Former North Carolina head coach Butch Davis did an extraordinary job of identifying and recruiting defensive linemen to the Tar Heels. His success has been played out on draft day with UNC earning a reputation as "D-Line U" with former Tar Heels Sylvester Williams (Broncos, 2013), Quinton Coples (Jets, 2012) and Robert Quinn (Rams, 2011) earning first round selections the past three years. Martin possesses the frame to earn similar consideration and is hoping to continue the Tar Heels' impressive run.

Despite beginning his tenure at UNC with plenty of fanfare after earning starts in the first three games of his collegiate career, Martin's time in Chapel Hill has featured more flash than dominance. After consecutive four-sack seasons during his sophomore and junior years, Martin totaled 11 sacks in a breakout senior campaign that earned him an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Martin continued his strong senior campaign in Mobile, with a solid week of practice and four tackles (including 1.5 for loss) during the game, itself.

So where was this production earlier? The truth of the matter is, Martin is better against the run that the pass and has been effective in this role throughout his career, averaging nearly 15 tackles for loss a year over the past three seasons. His game is built upon his length and power to control at the line of scrimmage rather than burst or fluidity, making him an ideal base (left) end in a traditional 4-3 alignment.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Certainly looks the part of a first round pick, boasting broad shoulders, long arms and a trim middle reminiscent of an NBA power forward. Offers good initial quickness off the snap, as well as straight-line speed to close quickly on the ball-carrier. Martin's best attribute is his strength at the point of attack. He gets a strong initial jolt to his opponent, quickly locking out to survey the action and showing the strength to rip himself free and pursue or stay home, as needed. While not particularly fluid, Martin's length and strength aid him as a tackler, as he's able to grab hold of the ball-carrier and throw him to the ground. Possesses the frame to handle moving inside on obvious passing downs, using his burst to split gaps.

WEAKNESSES: While possessing good initial quickness, he isn't explosive off the ball and is stiff when attempting to turn the corner or when changing directions. This inflexibility allows mobile quarterbacks and other alert ball-carriers to elude Martin in the open field. Does not use his length well to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage, tipping only three passes in 2013 (the same number in 2012)... Broke out with a spectacular senior campaign (including a safety in the Belk Bowl win over Cincinnati) to prompt questions as to where was this consistency throughout his career...

COMPARES TO: Justin Tuck, New York Giants -The team that selects Martin hopes the UNC standout will show the same dedication towards improvement that Tuck has since earning a third round pick out of Notre Dame in 2005. Tuck has developed into a fine pass rusher for the Giants but his game remains reliant on his length and strength at the point of attack.

--Rob Rang

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05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: ARIZONA CARDINALS: Round 3/84 -- Kareem Martin, DE/OLB, 6-6, 272, North Carolina...The Cardinals targeted a need: a young pass rusher. Martin could play in passing situations and on special teams right away. He could develop into end Darnell Dockett's eventual replacement. The Cardinals wanted to get taller and more athletic at defensive end, and they did with Martin. - The Sports Xchange


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