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Vaughn Martin

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 331 | College: Western Ontario
 
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Overview

One of the most talented athletes in the Canadian collegiate ranks, Martin brought back memories of William "Refrigerator" Perry for his exploits as a short-yardage blocker and fullback during his second season with the Mustangs. Certainly in much better physical shape than Perry, he displays excellent explosion off the snap, utilizing that quickness to terrorize quarterbacks.

Having moved to defensive end for the 2008 campaign, Martin played a major role in the team's success en route to winning the Yates Cup and playing for the Vanier Cup (Canadian national title). His ability to handle multiple blockers and contain the inside running game saw his opponents frustrated, as they managed to gain only seven yards on 36 rushing plays (0.19 ypc) directed toward him. With his timing and leaping ability, he also saw his opponent complete just 3 of 16 passes into his area (18.75%) for a mere 6 yards.

Nicknamed "Vicious" by his teammates, the defensive line has come to rely upon him to serve as the unit's anchor. Former teammate and fellow down lineman Tom Dolezel recently stated, "We've been playing really well, but I think it is really because Vaughn has come in and basically anchored that strong side."

Born on the island of Jamaica, Martin was raised in Toronto and London, Ontario. He attended South Secondary School, playing football for head coach Mike Stenning. He competed as a defensive end, defensive tackle and fullback in high school, recording 90 tackles with five stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2004. The three-time starter was rated one of the top 12 defensive ends in Ontario by All-Star Football and Weir's Magazine. He also received a two-star prospect rating from Rivals.com.

Prior to beginning his collegiate career, Martin competed for two summers with the Forest City Thunderbirds in the Central Ontario Football League. He also was a member of Team Canada, playing in the 2006 NFL Global Junior Championship in Detroit. He was named to the NFL Global Junior Championship X All-Tournament Team after helping Team Canada to a perfect 5-0 record, including five shutouts.

That season, he finished fourth on the squad in tackles with 10 (9 solos) and made four tackles for losses (12 yards) in the tournament, including two sacks for minus 9 yards. He recorded three solo hits, including a 4-yard sack, in Team Canada's 10-0 victory over Team U.S.A. in the championship game. He also registered three solo stops, including one for a loss, in a third-round game vs. Team U.S.A and posted his first sack of the tournament in the opening-round game vs. Team Japan.

Martin's stellar performances drew the attention of several United States major colleges. He turned down scholarship offers from Toledo and Ohio University to enroll at Michigan State in 2006, but failed to qualify due to academic transcript issues. He then enrolled at Milford Academy, a prep school in New York.

Martin later returned home to Ontario, where Western Ontario head coach Mickey Donovan convinced the talented athlete to enroll at the university. After a lunch-time meeting, the coach was able to sway him from choosing other interested schools, including Concordia (CIS) and Akron, for the 2007 season. What also helped Martin in his decision was the fact that Chris Marcus, Western's former special teams coordinator, coached him at South Secondary School.

Martin saw action at defensive tackle and end during his first season at Western Ontario. On the field, he made steady progress each week, finishing the season with 56 tackles (35 solos), three sacks and a fumble recovery. Known both for excellent pass-rushing and run-stopping ability, his versatile defensive skill-set immediately put fear into opposing teams.

In 2008, Martin performed mostly at defensive tackle earlier in the year, but he also had great success filling in for injured teammate Chris Greaves at defensive end, earning GoodLife Fitness Athlete of the Week honors for his performance at that position vs. Queen's. In 12 games, he collected 36 tackles (22 solos) with 3.5 sacks, 7.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 13 pressures. He returned an interception for a touchdown, registered a safety, caused a fumble and recovered two others. He provided stellar blocking at the fullback position, where he scored twice on a pair of 3-yard rushing attempts, finishing with 10 yards on four carries.

Analysis

Positives: Martin has a well-built frame with long arms, good chest muscle definition, tight waist and decent thickness in his thighs and calves. He actually looks a bit lean with his V-shaped torso and will surprise people when they find out he weighs more than 330 pounds. Martin lacks sudden explosiveness, but shows the initial quickness, balance and body control to charge hard in his backside pursuit. He keeps his pads down nicely for a player of his size and this allows him to gain position and hold his base well vs. double teams. He has the functional change of direction agility to work his way down the line. His arm strength lets him consistently gain separation, stuff and shed. He also has the feet to adjust on the move.

Negatives: He might be at maximum growth potential, as any additional bulk on his frame could impede his explosion off the snap. Martin is still a neophyte on the football field, having just two years of college and one year of prep school experience. He has played mostly on sheer instincts, but is a highly intelligent player who will not have problems retaining plays. Martin plays with good intensity and effort. He is very tough in the trenches.

Compares To: GRADY JACKSON, Detroit -- Much like when Jackson entered the NFL in 1997, Martin is rawer than sushi when it comes to playing the game of football. He is like a bull in a china shop in the trenches, hitting everything in sight based on sheer instincts rather than knowledge. He will need a patient coach to help him learn the techniques of the game and the team that selects him will have to give him a crash course in how to play American-brand football and help him adjust from the Canadian game, but his athletic ability is awesome and while he is a boom or bust type, with his work ethic and desire don't bet against him.

Scouting Report

GENERAL REPORT: GRADE: 6.10

Body Structure: Martin has a well-built frame with long arms, good chest muscle definition, tight waist and decent thickness in his thighs and calves. He actually looks a bit lean with his V-shaped torso and will surprise people when they find out he weighs more than 330 pounds. He might be at maximum growth potential though, as any additional bulk on his frame could impede his explosion off the snap.

Athletic Ability: Martin lacks sudden explosiveness, but shows the initial quickness, balance and body control to charge hard in his backside pursuit. He keeps his pads down nicely for a player of his size and this allows him to gain position and hold his base well vs. double teams. He has the functional change of direction agility to work his way down the line. His arm strength lets him consistently gain separation, stuff and shed. He also has the feet to adjust on the move. GRADE: 7.0

Football Sense: Martin is still a neophyte on the football field, having just two years of college and one year of prep school experience. He has played mostly on sheer instincts, but is a highly intelligent player who will not have problems retaining plays. All he needs is a patient coach to teach him proper technique and that coach will be rewarded with good value down the road. GRADE: 5.0

Character: Martin is articulate and a true class act. There are no off-field issues and he has been very receptive to whatever the coaches ask from him. He is much more mature than most players his age and is the type that not only shows initiative, but has a genuine good nature off the field. But he lives up to his nickname "Vicious" on the football field. GRADE: 6.0

Competitiveness: Martin plays with good intensity and effort. He is very tough in the trenches, where he certainly lives up to his nickname. You will never see him back down from a challenge and plays with such a nasty temperament, the coaches might need to ask him to tone it down, fearing for the opponent's safety. GRADE: 6.0

Work Habits: Despite his young age, Martin is a leader by example type. The staff says he will not only play with pain, but simply refuses to come off the field when hurt. He has a strong work ethic and is a good program type that does not hesitate to mentor the younger players. When in a crunch last year, the coaches asked him to play on offense as a short-yardage runner, producing three touchdowns on six carries in the process (two by Martin and another when he executed a lateral to a teammate after taking the ball to midfield, only to throw a block to spring his teammate for an eventual score). GRADE: 6.5

ATHLETIC REPORT: GRADE: 5.77

Explosion/Pursuit: Martin has good initial quickness coming off the snap, and for a player of his size that burst can surprise an offensive lineman. He has the ability to gain advantage when he keeps his feet on the move and the thing you notice on film is his ability to use his long reach to get his hands on an offensive lineman. Even when he is late off the snap, he does an efficient job of using his long arm reach and strength to gain advantage out of his stance. He has enough speed to slip off blocks and uses his hands well to keep the opponent off his body. He also shows enough functional quickness to pursue from the backside. GRADE: 6.2

Strength at Point: Martin shows that he has the ability to sit and anchor at the point of attack, but because of his relative inexperience playing football he just lacks consistency. However, when he plants his foot into the ground to anchor at the point of attack, he is quite effective at shooting the gaps when working in-line. He might be a better fit for tackle due to his lack of edge quickness, but he has the strength and size to destroy interior blockers on contact and bull rush with consistency. He has the bulk and raw power to control and separate, but will need some hand technique refinement. GRADE: 7.0

Use of Hands: Martin has yet to grasp the proper hand placement and technique, but just needs more reps and a patient teacher to further his development. Even though he is raw in this department, he demonstrates a punishing hand punch and excellent overall strength to easily handle multiple blockers, stack and control. When blockers do get into his chest (will short arm when he stands up), he still gives a good second effort in attempts to disengage. He has a strong hand punch, but needs to recoil and set quicker when engaging blockers. He also must keep his hands active, as he lacks ideal chop and rip moves when trying to disengage. GRADE: 5.4

Lateral Pursuit/Effort: For a player his size, Martin shows impressive balance and lateral moves. He keeps his feet and uses his long arms to avoid low blocks. With his quickness and hip flip, he is capable of getting an edge on blockers. He shows good desire and effort in his lateral pursuit (more on short area play than going long distances). He also plays with a steady motor, but sometimes his momentum will force him to out-run plays (needs to develop better stop-&-go action). GRADE: 6.4

Tackling Ability: Martin is raw technique wise, but when he plays at a low pad level he is an efficient wrap-up tackler whose strength lets him quickly disengage from blocks. He has the lower body power in his anchor to neutralize the double-team action, consistently stacking while holding ground. He shows the potential of being a solid open-field tackler, but first must grasp the concept for angling better. The thing you see on film is his ability to square up, bring his hips and drive through the ball carrier. GRADE: 5.3

Run Defense: Martin is still learning the nuances of the game, but he shows good urgency chasing the ball carrier, just needing to take better angles in pursuit. He shows the athleticism and body control to stay up and play the game on his feet. With his strength and bulk, he should not have problems vs. double teams, especially with his ability to hold and split through. He does a nice job of neutralizing the outside run and forcing it back inside. His long arms let him engulf ball carriers, showing good strike form to wrap, secure and take down. He will generally play at a good pad level, but will sometimes get high in his stance, resulting in blockers getting underneath his pads to lock him out. GRADE: 6.0

Pass Rush: Martin is really a bull in a china shop when he gets into the backfield, as he does not always take proper angles to seal the deal. He shows very good hip flip and hand usage, but he is just a raw, power-oriented pass rusher than an explosive edge rusher, making him a better candidate to play one-gap as a defensive tackle. He still lacks an array of moves as a pass rusher and is more of a "meat & potatoes" type that prefers to punish the blocker rather than try to avoid. GRADE: 5.0

Closing on the QB: Martin presses the corner well and uses his strength to compensate for adequate awareness and angling in attempts to pressure the pocket. He needs to learn how to gear down, as he will get too reckless and over-pursue the play, but with his raw strength he does have some success when he collides and pushes blockers back into the pocket. GRADE: 5.3

Instincts/Recognition: Martin is still developing valid instincts and great vision to quickly locate and run to the ball. He is making steady progress with his awareness of blocking schemes and does a good job of locking out blockers and locating the ball at the X's. He still needs to learn more technique (angling, more array of moves), but with his relative inexperience just give him a few years to see if he can develop. The potential could be limitless. GRADE: 5.3

Offensive Performance: Martin has additional value on offense, as he does a good job of staying low in his pads and squaring his shoulders to widen and sustain the rushing lanes as a lead blocker. He also uses his powerful leg drive to break tackles and can be a benefit to a team as a short-yardage runner, demonstrating good ball security and the hip snap to break tackles with his inside runs. GRADE: 6.3

Compares To: GRADY JACKSON, Detroit -- Much like when Jackson entered the NFL in 1997, Martin is extremely raw. He is like a bull in a china shop in the trenches, hitting everything in sight based on sheer instincts rather than knowledge. He will need a patient coach to help him learn the techniques of the game and the team that selects him will have to give him a crash course in how to play American-brand football and help him adjust from the Canadian game, but his athletic ability is awesome and while he is a boom or bust type, with his work ethic and desire don't bet against him.

OVERALL GRADE: 5.83

--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas

Career Notes

In 24 games at Western Ontario, Martin registered 92 tackles (57 solos) with 7.5 sacks for minus 34 yards, 17.5 stops for losses of 66 yards and 22 quarterback pressures … Also recovered three fumble, returning one 41 yards, caused two fumbles, had a safety and returned an interception for a touchdown … Carried four times for 10 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.

2008 Season

All-Canadian Interuniversity Sport and All-OUA second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, earning Athlete of the Week honors vs. Queen's … Lined up at the strong-side defensive tackle position, but also was utilized at defensive end, in addition to earning playing time on offense as a fullback … Scored twice on two rushing attempts, totaling 10 yards on four carries … Registered 36 tackles (22 solos) with 3.5 sacks for minus 21 yards, 7.5 stops for losses of 43 yards and 13 quarterback pressures … Recovered two fumbles, advancing one 41 yards … Also scored on a 1-yard interception return, as he added a safety and one forced fumble … On 36 running plays he was involved in, the opposition managed to gain just 7 yards (0.19 ypc), as he stopped running backs for no gains at the line of scrimmage seven times and also recorded five hits inside the red zone … Made sixteen of his plays on second-down snaps (note-Canadian teams play three downs, compared to four in the United States), as only 3-of-16 passes (18.75%) thrown into his area was completed, good for 6 yards. a 4-yard gain.

2008 Game Analysis

Ottawa … Martin opened the 2008 season with a bang, as he delivered five tackles with a sack, 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and a pressure … He leveled runner Davie Mason for no gain on a rushing attempt midway through the first quarter … Late in the first half, Joshua Sacobie found out why they call the defensive tackle "Vicious," after Martin simply obliterated the quarterback on a 6-yard sack at the Ottawa 39 … In the third stanza, he chased down Sacobie for a 5-yard loss on a bootleg and then pressured the passer on second-&-15 into throwing an incomplete pass, forcing the Gee-Gees to punt … He later saved a potential touchdown with his one-arm tackle of Aaron Rehel on a first-&-goal run that netted 2 yards … Defensive Impact: Martin had one second-down stop, one tackle on a goal-line play and made five of his hits vs. the run, as he held his opponent to minus 5 yards on five carries (-1.00 ypc) … The defense allowed the opposition to gain 109 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries (3.41 ypc) and total 517 yards on 73 plays (7.08 yards per attempt).

Winfrid Laurier … Martin made just a pair of tackles, but one was behind the line of scrimmage and he killed two scoring drives with pressures on second-down snaps … In the second quarter, he chased down Shamwad Chambers on a 4-yard catch and on second-&-16, pressured QB Luke Thompson into tossing an incomplete pass, forcing the Golden Hawks to kick a 32-yard single (field goal attempt that was ruled a touchback) … In the third stanza, he leveled Thompson for a 3-yard loss on an option run and then hurried the passer on a second-&-15 incomplete throw, as the Golden Hawks had to punt … Defensive Impact: Martin had two second-down stops with a pair of pressures and made one of his hits vs. the run, as he held his opponent to minus 3 yards on one carry (-3.00 ypc) … The defense allowed the opposition to gain 120 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries (4.29 ypc) and total 384 yards on 71 plays (5.41 yards per attempt).

Waterloo … The Mustangs utilized Martin as a blocker in short yardage situations and got to see him as a ball carrier for the first time. He did not disappoint, scoring on a 3-yard run … In the second quarter, he cleared a rush lane for John Leckie's 14-yard run and followed with another knockdown to spring Leckie for a 9-yard gain. That set up Martin for his first career rushing attempt, taking a second-&-1 handoff 3 yards while leaping over the top of the pile for a touchdown and a 24-0 Western Ontario lead, capping a 55-yard, 8-play series. Asked after the game about Martin's offensive skills, head coach Greg Marshall stated, "Vaughn has been blocking so well, I told him we'd make it up to him by giving him a chance to run." … Defensive Impact: Did not register any defensive statistics.

York … Back on defense, Martin applied pressure on the pocket twice, as he added three tackles (2 solos) and assisted on a sack … He hurried Nick Coutu on a second-&-8 incomplete toss, leading to a York punt early in the first quarter … He later repeated that process with another pressure on Coutu on second-&-8, forcing another punt with 5:14 left in the opening frame … As time was closing out in the first half, he attacked Brian Foster, taking down the quarterback for a 1-yard sack at the York 21 … Defensive Impact: Martin had two second-down stops and made three of his hits vs. the run, as he held his opponent to 3 yards on three carries (1.00 ypc) … The defense allowed the opposition to gain just 26 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries (1.13 ypc) and total 14 yards on 44 plays (0.32 yards per attempt).

Queen's … Martin earned Athlete of the Week honors from GoodLife Fitness, as he moved to defensive end, producing six tackles (5 solos) with three pressures and four second-down stops … He stopped Mike Giffin on a 2-yard run and then pressured Dan Brannagan on the QB's second-&-18 incomplete pass targeted to Giffin, as Queen's would then attempt a 38-yard field goal, but missed, showing no points for that early second quarter possession … He again hurried Brannagan on an incomplete pass at midfield and even though he was held on the next play (Queen's was penalized for holding), he still took down the passer on a 4-yard run, as Queen's then had to punt the ball away as the first half came to a close … Another Queen's punt came about after Martin pressured on a second-&-7 incomplete Brannagan attempt late in the third quarter … Defensive Impact: Martin had four second-down stops and made six of his hits vs. the run, as he held his opponent to 15 yards on six carries (2.50 ypc) … The defense allowed the opposition to gain 147 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries (5.65 ypc) and total 295 yards on 62 plays (4.76 yards per attempt).

Windsor … Martin excelled on both sides of the ball, scoring on a 3-yard run while also producing five solo tackles to go along with a 4-yard sack … On the Lancers' first possession, the defensive tackle stuffed tailback Daryl Stephenson for no gain at the line of scrimmage on a rushing attempt at the Western 50 … He stopped a late Windsor series by tackling Phil Mancini on a second-&-11 run that netted just 3 yards … Windsor was forced to punt after Martin leveled Stephenson on a second-&-2 1-yard run to start the second half … He again prevented a first down and made the Lancers punt after he upended Stephenson on a second-&-8 5-yard carry late in the third quarter … He then closed out that frame by opening a rush lane used by Nathan Riva for a 14-yard run to the Windsor 3, where Martin then carried on first-&-goal for a 3-yard touchdown that ended a 6-play, 49-yard series … He opened the fourth quarter with an explosive burst through the line to sack Sam Malian for a 4-yard loss at the Windsor 11 … Defensive Impact: Martin had two second-down stops and made five of his hits vs. the run, as he held his opponent to 5 yards on five carries (1.00 ypc) … The defense allowed the opposition to gain just 11 yards and no touchdowns on 33 carries (0.33 ypc) and total 225 yards on 60 plays (3.75 yards per attempt).

Toronto … Martin pressured David Hamilton into throwing an incomplete pass and two plays later at the Western Ontario 14, he stripped the ball from the QB on a sack, scooping up the ball and advancing it 41 yards before giving the ball to linebacker Jonathan Hood, who took the pigskin the final 55 yards for a touchdown … Defensive Impact: Martin's fumble recovery led to a defensive touchdown … The defense allowed the opposition to gain 105 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries (5.00 ypc) and total 376 yards on 64 plays (5.84 yards per attempt).

Guelph … Martin added three tackles with a fumble recovery and a pressure, as his head-up play also led to a touchdown by the defense … Western Ontario cornerback Corey McNair intercepted a pass late in the first quarter, returning the ball 7 yards to Guelph's one-yard line. However a crushing hit by a Guelph defender forced a fumble. The loose ball was recovered by Martin in the end zone for a touchdown to put Western up 14-3 … With 0:21 left in the opening stanza, the defensive lineman level Nic FitzGibbon for no gain on a rushing attempt at the Guelph 28 and repeated that event when he again took down the slot back at the Guelph 28 on a run early in the second half … His pressure after that second run for no gain saw QB Justin Dunk throw a pass that Western Ontario's John Surla picked off for a 16-yard return … Defensive Impact: Martin had two second-down stops and made one of his hits vs. the run, as he held his opponent to 2 yards on one carry (2.00 ypc) … The defense allowed the opposition to gain 162 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries (5.06 ypc) and total 369 yards on 66 plays (5.59 yards per attempt).

Wilfrid Laurier (OUA Semi-final) … Martin had just one tackle, but his pressure caused an interception … He chased Luke Thompson out of the pocket on WLU's first possession, resulting in the QB's pass being intercepted by the Mustangs' Matt Carapella at the Laurier 42 … Defensive Impact: Martin's pressured caused a fumble, as the defense allowed the opposition to gain 64 yards and no touchdowns on 21 carries (3.05 ypc) and total 241 yards on 59 plays (4.08 yards per attempt).

Ottawa (OUA Championship-Yates Cup) … The Mustangs captured the OUA Championship with a 31-17 victory to earn the Yates Cup, as Martin totaled four tackles (3 solos) that included 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and a safety. The defensive lineman also saw brief action on two goal-line rushing attempts, setting up one touchdown drive with four yards on two carries … On a third-&-3 snap, Martin plowed through Ottawa's offensive line to take down slot back Craig Bearrs in the backfield, as the ball squirted out and resulted in a safety on a 13-yard loss … His 2-yard rushing attempt to the Ottawa 1 set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Nathan Riva to stake the Mustangs to a 9-0 first quarter lead … He sniffed out a screen pass, tackling A.D. Potvin at the Ottawa 52 for a 2-yard loss and on the next snap, Martin pressured QB Joshua Sacobie into throwing an incomplete pass, forcing an Ottawa punt midway through the third quarter … Defensive Impact: Martin had two second-down stops and made four of his hits vs. the run, as he held his opponent to minus 10 yards on four carries (-2.50 ypc) … The defense allowed the opposition to gain minus 2 yards and no touchdowns on 12 carries (-0.17 ypc) and total 335 yards on 68 plays (4.93 yards per attempt).

St. Mary's (Mitchell Bowl-CIS Semi-final) … The Mustangs earned a berth in the CIS national title game with a 28-12 Mitchell Bowl win, as Martin delivered three tackles … Late in the first quarter, he stopped Devon Jones for no gain on a rushing attempt at the SMU 35 … Defensive Impact: Martin made three of his hits vs. the run, as he held his opponent to 4 yards on three carries (1.33 ypc) … The defense allowed the opposition to gain 231 yards and no touchdowns on 28 carries (8.25 ypc) and total 422 yards on 62 plays (6.81 yards per attempt).

Laval (Vanier Cup-CIS National Final) … The Mustangs failed in their quest to capture the Vanier Cup in a 44-21 loss, as Martin came up with four tackles (3 solos) and a pressure. He also caused a fumble on a 10-yard sack … He pressured QB Benoit Grouix into throwing an incomplete pass in the second quarter … Laval was forced to punt after it recovered a fumble by Grouix on a second-&-6 play that was caused when Martin stripped the ball from his opponent on a 10-yard sack … Defensive Impact: Martin made three of his hits vs. the run, as he held his opponent to minus 4 yards on three carries (-1.33 ypc) … The defense allowed the opposition to gain 197 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries (7.88 ypc) and total 548 yards on 56 plays (9.79 yards per attempt).

2007 Season

Martin competed as a strong-side defensive tackle during his first season at Western Ontario … Ranked third on the team with 56 tackles (35 solos), adding three sacks for minus 9 yards, nine stops behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 23 yards and ten pressures … Also recovered a fumble through twelve contests.

2007 Game Analysis

In his collegiate debut, Martin registered eight tackles (4 solos) vs. Queen's … Added six tackles (3 solos) with a sack and pressure in the Guelph clash … Posted a season-high eleven tackles (8 solos), a sack and a pressure in the Windsor clash … Made five stops and recovered a fumble vs. Toronto … Registered a sack vs. Ottawa in the OAU semi-finals and had six more tackles (3 solos) vs. Guelph in the OUA Finals … Delivered four solo tackles vs. Manitoba in the Mitchell Bowl.

2006 Season

Attended Milford (New Berlin, N.Y.) Academy, where he received a two-star prospect rating from Rivals.com … Wore jersey #97 while competing on the defensive line and at fullback.

Injury Report

No major injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.88 in the 40-yard dash … 1.61 10-yard dash … 2.79 20-yard dash … Bench presses 225 pounds 40 times … 32.5-inch vertical jump … 4.53 20-yard shuttle … 7.08 three-cone drill … 33 1/8-inch arm length … 10 3/8-inch hands.

Combine: Did not receive an invitation.

Junior College

Prior to beginning his collegiate career, Martin competed for two summers with the Forest City Thunderbirds in the Central Ontario Football League … Also was a member of Team Canada, playing in the 2006 NFL Global Junior Championship in Detroit … Named to the NFL Global Junior Championship X All-Tournament Team after helping Team Canada to a perfect 5-0 record, including five shutouts … Produced four stops for losses of 12 yards, two sacks for minus 9 yards and ten tackles (9 solos) in tournament action … Posted a 4-yard sack and four tackles in Canada's 10-0 win over Team USA in the championship contest … Had three solo stops, including one for a loss in a third-round game vs. Team USA … Had the first sack of the tournament vs. Japan in the opening round.

High School

Attended London (Ontario, Canada) Central South Secondary School, playing football for head coach Mike Stenning, competing as a defensive end, defensive tackle and fullback …

Recorded 90 tackles with five stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2004 … The three-time starter was rated one of the top 12 defensive ends in Ontario by All-Star Football and Weir's Magazine.

Personal

Social Sciences major … Son of Doreen Francis … Born 4/18/86 in Jamaica … Resides in London, Ontario, Canada.

 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 4/113 -- Vaughn Martin, DL, 6-3, 331, Western University, Ontario, Canada...The Chargers go beyond the border to add depth along the line. Martin could possible play tackle as well as end at his size. He put on an amazing workout that opened the eyes of NFL scouts.

04/28/2009 - The team's third-round pick, Vaughn Martin, was found above the northern border by a keen Chargers scout, according to director of college scouting John Spanos. "Our northeastern scout (Tom Gibbons) went up to Canada for a workout that was attended by multiple teams," Spanos said. "We looked into everything about his background and ability on the field. We felt lucky he was still there when we picked because we liked him all along."

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