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2014 NFL Draft: Arizona Cardinals Select Martin, Brown in Third Round

May 10th, 2014 at 6:11 AM
By Steve Smith

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The Arizona Cardinals had two picks in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The Red Birds selected defensive end Kareem Martin of the University of North Carolina with the 84th overall pick. Arizona came back later in the round and tabbed wide receiver John Brown from Pittsburg State in Kansas (Division II) with the 91st overall selection.

Martin is 6-foot-6 and weighs 272 pounds. He was the team captain of the Tar Heels in 2013.

Brown is just 5-foot-10 and weighs 179 pounds. He has excellent speed though and projects as a slot receiver for the Red Birds.

Let's take a look at the scouting profile for Martin via the good folks at nfl.com:

Strengths Has very long arms. Good eyes and recognition — senses screens, locates the ball and understands contain. Strong-handed to punch and extend. Good short-area burst. Uses his length to force his way into gaps. Flashes power potential. Nice closing speed. Wrap tackler. Football smart. Durable three-year starter. Solid personal and football character with leadership traits. Showed explosion at the combine, recording a 10-foot, 9-inch broad jump (best among defensive linemen) and a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump.

Weaknesses Needs to bulk up and get functionally stronger. Has tapered legs and is not stout at the point of attack — does not generate power through his lower half and is too easily displaced. Pad level fluctuates. Needs to improve as a hands fighter. Can do a better job protecting his legs. Average get-off — pops up off the snap and initial steps are unthreatening. Rush lacks variety. Does not accelerate off blocks or consistently bend the corner. Occasionally loafs on the back side. Tweener traits. 

Bottom Line Big, narrow-framed, long-levered defensive lineman who shows big-time flashes of potential as a 4-3 left end, though he needs to fortify his base as a run defender and hone his technique as a pass rusher. Possesses very intriguing dimensions for a rush OLB role in a traditional, two-gapping, 3-4 alignment and showed he is athletic enough to handle it at his pro day.

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