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Possible Pick: UNC’s Kareem Martin No Tweener At 4-3 DE
(Editor’s Note: Heading into the upcoming NFL Draft, held May 8-10, DallasCowboys.com will take a closer look at the prospects, including some that could be potential fits with the Cowboys. Today’s featured player is North Carolina’s Kareem Martin.)
Name: Kareem Martin
Position: Defensive End
College: North Carolina
Age: 22 Read
Honors: Martin was named first-team All-ACC last season and went into the year named to the preseason All-ACC team. He was on the 2013 Hendricks Award watch list, Bednarik Award watch list and Nagurski Trophy watch list.
Key stat: Martin finished the regular season last year with 11 sacks and 20 tackles for loss, with arguably his best game coming against Aaron Donald’s team – he had eight tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery against Pittsburgh.
Where He’s Projected: Most project Martin to be a second or third round pick. He’s a rather clear-cut 4-3 defensive end, unlike many of the “tweener” pass-rushers in this year’s draft. He didn’t overwhelm anyone at the Senior Bowl, but his college production and massive 6-6 frame could land him with a team in the second round.
How He Helps the Cowboys: One could argue defensive end is the Cowboys’ biggest area of need, and there’s no question about where Dallas would plug in Martin. He’s a 4-3 defensive end through and through, and given his gigantic frame, if he can develop his skills as a pass rusher off the edge, he could end up being a force on the outside. He’ll need to develop more consistency at the next level. He had huge games, including the aforementioned one against Pitt. He also had some quiet ones where he lacked explosiveness off the snap, totaling three tackles with no sacks against Virginia and five tackles with no sacks against South Carolina. All in all, though, he was tremendously productive his senior year, earning a trip to the Senior Bowl, and he’d fill an area of need in Dallas.
Scout’s Take – Bryan Broaddus: The first thing you notice about Martin on tape is his build. He sas some length to him, rangy build. Plays as the weak side end mainly, but you will see him line up on the strong side and even at defensive tackle. He’ll retrace his steps when he gets up the field and the play comes back underneath. Have seen some snaps where he got washed down inside and didn’t hold the point well enough. Doesn’t always play strong or stout. He can slant hard down inside and be disruptive. Will spin back inside to start his rush. He was able to split double team to get a pressure, but will get stuck on blocks when he rushes down the middle. When he can get the edge, he is at his best. When he wins on that first step, he does his best work. Read