Kareem Martin – Defensive End – North Carolina
I was looking forward to watching Martin play because of his size (6-6 and 260). He has prototype 4-3 defensive end numbers. I came away disappointed because I thought his play was average. While he is tall and long he is not fast or explosive. He looks to be a 4.9 type. He flashes as a competitor and shows just average strength and power. He looks to be high cut, and has average change of direction. He can look good one play going all out and then look just like an average player the next few snaps. He lacks quick hand use and can be a little slow to shed. Still, he made some effort plays but I would not call him a consistent finisher. He had some quarterback pressures but they were mainly because the quarterback was chased his way. Overall, Martin has to pick up his intensity and improve his hand use. At this time I don’t see him any better than a late pick. This is a guy that I will need to see a lot of tape on. It’s only opening night so there is plenty of time.