NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Oklahoma State S Markelle Martin
|03.22.12 at 3:54 pm ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2012 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
School: Oklahoma State
Weight: 198 pounds
Achievements: 2011 All-Big 12 first team (Coaches), 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches All-America, 2011 AP All-America, 2010 Alamo Bowl Defensive Player of the Game
What he brings: This big hitter can cover a lot of ground quickly and covers the sideline well. He led the Oklahoma State secondary in his senior season, helping the Cowboys to a 41-38 Fiesta Bowl win. He could be seen during games shouting instructions and adjustments for his team on the field.
Martin is an average athlete as far as draft talent goes and needs to improve on run defense, but he is an intelligent player who reads and understands the game well. The 21-year-old is one of the more adaptable safeties in the 2012 draft class due to his ball skills, positioning, speed and strength.
Martin is an aggressive player and can be intimidating on the field, but in the locker room, he is a team-first player regarded as a leader at Oklahoma State, making him a good fit for the Patriots’ rigid adherence to the team-before-me philosophy.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 2
Notes: Martin has had injury issues. He missed spring practices for the 2011 season after having surgery on his left shoulder. Martin did not run or participate in position drills at the combine this year because of a knee injury that he said on Twitter was due to a pinched nerve and fluid on his knee. Martin also missed time in the 2009 season with a hip injury.
Martin finished his collegiate career with three interceptions, 179 tackles (74 of which came in his senior season), two forced fumbles and 39 passes broken up.
Martin won a team award for academic performance and majored in economics.
Video: Here are some clips of Martin (No. 10) in a game against Arizona.