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The Future of #23

1iag6yOk, call me Dr. Frankenstein, cause I'm about to put some life back into this dead horse!

Sherrod Martin is just one of the players that have been heavily beleaguered for mediocre play in the last few years. The safety position is incredibly underappreciated for the amount of responsibility required to play it. The safety position is truly the "safety net" of the defense. It is the last line of defense and that is why the position is so difficult. For a player to become proficient at this position, he must be a threat against the passing attack and against the rushing attack. Run defense has been the biggest knock against Sherrod Martin, more specifically his tackling ability. In pass coverage however, Sherrod has performed very well. In his three years in the Panther’s secondary, Sherrod Martin has picked off seven passes. That is good enough to tie him with shut down corner Chris Gamble during the same length of time.

My question to you CSR faithful is, "why did we move Martin to safety?" He has the build of a cornerback, he has experience at cornerback and he is not a strong tackler like most cornerbacks. I would be really interested to know why the FO or the coaching staff decided to move him out of his position. In my search for this answer, I first looked at his draft stock. (These are all combine numbers)

40 Yd. Time

4.43 sec.

20 Yd. Shuttle

3.98 sec.

Height 6´1

Vert. Jump

36´´

3 Cone Drill

6.60 sec.

Weight 198

Bench Press

12 reps.

Broad Jump

10´03´´

Number 23 put up some respectable numbers at the combine. The next part of our breakdown will be to check out his stats. During his four year career at Troy, Martin collected nine interceptions, 138 solo tackles, and 4 sacks. Not bad for a defensive back.

The final evidence that Martin should be moved back to cornerback is not through stats, but through a comparison to another player: Stephon Gilmore. It is scary how similar these players are. Just look at these numbers from the combine.

40 Yd. Time

4.40 sec.

20 Yd. Shuttle

3.94 sec.

Height 6´1

Vert. Jump

36´´

3 Cone Drill

6.61 sec.

Weight 190

Bench Press

15 reps.

Broad Jump

10´03´´

Even there stats are similar! At South Carolina, Gilmore totaled seven interception, 148 solo tackles and seven sacks.

So I'll let Y'all decide!

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