Vaughn Martin

Vaughn Martin
With the 113th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select Vaughn Martin, DT

Positives: Martin has a well-built frame with long arms, good chest muscle definition, tight waist and decent thickness in his thighs and calves. He actually looks a bit lean with his V-shaped torso and will surprise people when they find out he weighs more than 330 pounds. Martin lacks sudden explosiveness, but shows the initial quickness, balance and body control to charge hard in his backside pursuit. He keeps his pads down nicely for a player of his size and this allows him to gain position and hold his base well vs. double teams. He has the functional change of direction agility to work his way down the line. His arm strength lets him consistently gain separation, stuff and shed. He also has the feet to adjust on the move.

Negatives: He might be at maximum growth potential, as any additional bulk on his frame could impede his explosion off the snap. Martin is still a neophyte on the football field, having just two years of college and one year of prep school experience. He has played mostly on sheer instincts, but is a highly intelligent player who will not have problems retaining plays. Martin plays with good intensity and effort. He is very tough in the trenches.

Compares To: GRADY JACKSON, Detroit -- Much like when Jackson entered the NFL in 1997, Martin is rawer than sushi when it comes to playing the game of football. He is like a bull in a china shop in the trenches, hitting everything in sight based on sheer instincts rather than knowledge. He will need a patient coach to help him learn the techniques of the game and the team that selects him will have to give him a crash course in how to play American-brand football and help him adjust from the Canadian game, but his athletic ability is awesome and while he is a boom or bust type, with his work ethic and desire don't bet against him.

More thoughts to follow, but in the mean time feel free to vote and comment below!

April 26, 2009

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Anonymous said... Apr 26, 2009, 11:49:00 AM

I like the second day picks for the chargers. The two guads look to be solid picks who could develop into possible starters and at the very least quality backups. Vaughn Martin seems to have the physical skills to become a run down DE or Jahmals backup. Hes got the physical skills, lets just coach him up! This is were teams are really made. Lets go AJ. figure out how to get a quality veteran safety to shore up the defense.

Anonymous said... Apr 26, 2009, 3:19:00 PM

A sleeper pick for sure but I have seen this guy live and you can bet once he gets acclimatized he will become a decent NFL player. Just looking at his numbers in the combines is quite impressive. For anyone doubting this pick there were several teams looking at snatching up this guy

Jim said... Apr 26, 2009, 4:43:00 PM

This guy is a major sleeper.. AJ is showing that he wants a D that will make QB'S run for their lifes~ So the secondary does not smell toast like it has in the past 10 years!

Anonymous said... Apr 26, 2009, 4:46:00 PM

Vaughn is a boss that is all there is to be said about this guy.

Anonymous said... Apr 26, 2009, 6:00:00 PM

We definitely needed defensive line depth. We will see more Cesaire and Bingham this year and I hope those flashes from Grennan were signs of better things to come.

Has anyone heard what role Ian Scott will play? Are we leaning at using him as a tackle or an end? (or at all?)

Anonymous said... Apr 26, 2009, 10:07:00 PM

I love this pick!!! Vicious Vaughn Martin is a big time sleeper!! This beast is 6'3" 330 pounds and ran a 4.96 and benched 225 44 times!! If he were invited to the combine, that would have set a lift record.. He may be a raw player, but he's so freakin athletic he lined up at fullback in short yardage just like the fridge!! This guy has such upside b/c in Canada you play a yard off the ball, but now in the nfl he'll play even closer!!!
Overall, I like how the Chargers improved their team by adding some athletic and physical guys with an attitude! I can't wait to see how they beat up on the pathetic raiders!!!


arnie said... Apr 26, 2009, 11:10:00 PM

defense wins championships. and was quoted telling LT, hi career wouldn't be in vain.

peace out

shamp said... Apr 26, 2009, 11:45:00 PM

This is why AJ is a freakin draft god. If this guy becomes the rock of our line, AJ wins. If he doesn't work out, no problem. I love this pick though. His physical tools are unreal. He's actually faster than BJ Raji!

Anonymous said... Apr 27, 2009, 6:15:00 PM

He is the best player in nfl he will do amazing just like he has

Anonymous said... Apr 27, 2009, 7:16:00 PM

Hope he can pick it up right away, because Cesaire and Bingham is not the answer to Igors position. I hope to see More of Oliver and a mix of Kevin Ellison in the S position. Dude can hit and would love to see him hit WR or TE across the middle. He acutally plays faster than the times he produced. 808BOLTFAN

Anonymous said... Apr 30, 2009, 2:21:00 PM

Chargers needed a big athletic DE to replace Igor, and I think Martin is both, however he needs to get ready for bigger and tougher OT's and guards then has ever faced in Canada. I played against 300 pounders and few are good, its the feet and leverage, plus desire and hard work, that make great DE's. I don't expect Martin to look that good at first, but if he really wants it, and does what the coaches tell him to do, then he could well be worth the 4th round pick, only time will tell. I hope he turns out to be as quick and strong on the NFL field as he was in Canada, because he sounds like a great kid!
I wanted Ayers in the first, but if Martin can play, then English was a great pick because he can really put pressure on the QB, however Martin has to make the team for me to be happy with this draft because DE was the weak link in the Chargers armor.

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Anonymous said... Jul 27, 2009, 7:55:00 AM

I got a chance to sit and talk to this young man one afternoon. He has a good head on his sholders. He is down to earth and is very grounded I am very happy for him.

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