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Prospect Profiles: Markelle Martin





TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-1, 198, 4.45



Possesses an athletic looking frame with a long set of arms. Is a gifted athlete with a natural explosive element to his game. Possesses some savvy when asked to attack downhill, times up the snap count well and knows how to make his way into the backfield. However, seems to play out of control far too often, isn’t a very good open field tackler, fails to routinely breakdown vs. the run game and consistently will whiff in space and slip off ball carriers. Needs to improve in this area of the game. Has some savvy as a blitzer off the edge, but is routinely pushed past the pocket.

Does a much better job taking proper angles toward the football in coverage. Displays a burst out of his breaks, times up the throw well and will disengage ball from man on contact. Has the ability to sit into his drop and keep his feet under him initially. When he doesn’t need to open up his hips, he looks clean when asked to click and close, taking good angles toward the throw and displaying “plus” closing range. However, has a tendency to get upright anytime he’s asked to transition out of his breaks. Exhibits natural fluidity in the hips when forced to turn and run, but it takes him a couple steps to get up to full speed. The same is noticeable in coverage when he’s forced to re-direct. Too often allows pad level to get upright and will get leggy trying to collect himself. Possesses the burst and closing speed to put himself around the football, but far too often wastes motion collecting himself or is forced to turn his back on the play. Possesses natural range in the deep half, displays a second gear vertically, just needs to become cleaner with his footwork.

Impression: A gifted athlete with a good burst and range in the deep half. However, wastes motion out of his breaks and isn’t a very good open field tackler. Possesses slightly above-average instincts, but will make more plays on the football when he tightens up his footwork. A potential starter only at this stage because of his intriguing athleticism.



• Confident and competitive
• Fluid, straight-line movement
• Rangy with good burst to cover ground
• Ball production
• Physical striker
• Strong character


• Rigid breaking down
• Struggles in space
• Misses tackles seeking kill shots
• Takes some questionable angles
• A step late in the alley
• Average instincts, explosion off the hash

The Way We See It:

Rangy, athletic, confident, competitive back-half safety with toughness, leadership skills and flash striking ability (more of a hitter than a sure tackler). Hip stiffness, bad angles and shoddy tackling always could hinder him, but he has enough starter-caliber traits.

FF Toolbox:

Martin has a well-rounded, do-it-all style of play that puts him all over the field. His athleticism is often on display — playing center field as a ball hawk. He’s talented enough to drop down as the eighth man in the box. Like most safeties, you don’t want him in man coverage all too often, but that skill will develop as a professional.

Of the senior safeties, he’s one of the best draft prospects (if not the best). He’s an aggressive defender that plays downhill. He is a brutal tackler that can hit like a ton of bricks, but he’ll be taught to break down and wrap up more often than not. Martin, while having a knack for making big plays, needs to do better not to give them up. Plays well in the deep half zone and has enough speed. Martin is very fluid in open spaces when he doesn’t get upright and lose his bend.

The upside here is that these flaws are mental mistakes that can be coach-corrected. His burst and pursuit are both above-average. All the physical tools are there for a good, quality pro.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Markelle Martin is an athletic safety prospect. He’s a big hitter. Can play the run. He can be the eighth man. Struggles in coverage, and is not someone that is going to run with tight ends. But, as the last line of defense, he can be effective. Just not in man. The Giants need safety depth. They need guys who can replace Deon Grant. And as the league turns into a league with more of these athletic tight ends, you need more safeties. If Antrel Rolle is going to be in the box all the time, well you want someone else back there. Tyler Sash, in my mind, is a special teamer only. Which is fine, but you need guys who can play safety. I think Martin can. He’s experienced, he’s athletic. I think he can help right away as a 3rd round pick.



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