The Cardinals Get Much Needed Pass Rush With Kareem Martin At #84
Nov 23, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Old Dominion Monarchs quarterback Taylor Heinicke (14) drops back to pass as North Carolina Tar Heels defensive end Kareem Martin (95) pressures during the first half at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
The third round selection is in and the Arizona Cardinals management continues to fill needs, as they pick DE Kareem Martin out of North Carolina.
Martin is one of two DE that had their stock rise in the few weeks before the draft, as the 2014 draft class did not have to many edge rushers, but Martin is the best of the only two edge rushers in this years class.
The Cardinals will need pass rush immediately, the question will be can this kid come in and make an impact right away, and with his motor and ability to come swiftly off the edge he may be able to get in a substitute package and come in on third downs on the other side of a John Abraham or Matt Shaughnessy
Martin can be useful early on because his arm length is his most potent weapon that he wins with off the line of scrimmage, Martin stands at a lengthy 6’6 265 pounds and was projected to be a starting base end in the NFL on most analyst boards.
Martin has good recognition skills to sift out the play at the point of attack, meaning he can smell a screen coming a mile away and in the NFC West that will be valuable, and with his long arms he is able to keep containment which is also valuable with the quarterbacks he will be chasing in this division.
Marin has good closing speed and can explode off the ball and has a very good upside and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles can bring the rest of the beast out of this kid, good pick by Keim and company.