Madison (Madison Central HS), Miss. defensive lineman Carlton Martin has already picked up one offer and is hearing from several other schools after completing his junior season on the gridiron. Martin, a 6-foot-2, 258 pound defensive line prospect had 56 tackles and 26 quarterback hurries as a...[details]
The Good: A quick, explosive interior lineman with a good first step off the ball and the ability to consistently spit the double-team. Understands angles and does a nice job playing off the guard's shoulder and keeping his balance up field. Has a strong base and can hold the point of attack vs. the wedge block inside. Has a good motor and works hard in pursuit. The Bad: At times loses leverage at the point of attack and needs to do a better job staying lower in the run game. Gets too quarterback-focused at times and lacks ball awareness; will take himself out of too many plays.
Positives: Excellent first-step quickness and acceleration for a big man. Feet and hands work very well in unison. Gets to an edge quickly and does not stay blocked. Agile and quick laterally allowing him to reach plays outside the tackle box and secure tackles in space. Good instincts. Generally plays on his feet. Very good effort, hustle and intensity. Gives great effort in pursuit. Great motor. Is driven and mentally tough. Has NFL bloodlines. Will play through pain. Very disruptive as a senior despite beginning the season injured and stood out at the Senior Bowl. Negatives: Needs to spend more time in the weight room and get stronger. Lacks ideal height and has a sloppy, undefined body. Average arm length. Lacks bulk strength and power to drive blockers into the backfield. Can get stuck on blocks when shaded or head-up over an offensive lineman. Nagging injuries have been an issue and his durability needs to be evaluated. Overaged - will be a 25-year-old rookie. Summary: Summary: If he could stay off the trainer's table, Jerry possesses the requisite skills of a front-line three-technique with natural twitch, burst and closing speed. A quick, active penetrator with the ability to consistently shoot gaps and become a disruptive force. Plays the run well and figures to upgrade a defensive line immediately with a motor that does not quit. Needs to be in a penetrating one-gap scheme. Grade: First-round talent.