The Green Bay Packers have selected Stanford Linebacker Blake Martinez with the 131st Pick overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. Martinez was an impact player for the Stanford defense leading the team in tackles in 2015. He will now join former Stanford teammate Ty Montgomery as a member of the Green Bay Packers.
Martinez had a mediocre combine performance that many believed did not show his true abilities. Martinez certainly impressed on the field providing plenty of outstanding game film for NFL scouts to review. Martinez was in competition with several other elite linebackers in this draft class including; Leonard Floyd from Georgia, Darron Lee from Ohio State, Jaylon Smith from Notre Dame, Myles Jack from UCLA, Su'a Cravens of USC and many, many more.
Martinez has plenty of energy, an incredible work ethic and like most Stanford players, is a tremendously smart football player. Martinez was Stanford's leading tackler as well. He may need some time and coaching to develop into an elite NFL Linebacker but he will almost certainly be able to contribute on Special Teams right away.
From our recap of his combine performance:
"Blake Martinez tied with Darron Lee (Ohio State) for 3rd with a 4.20 at the 20 yard shuttle. In comparison to Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy, Blake Martinez lines up to them similarly in terms of stats and results. Both individuals are currently making impacts on their respected teams.
Although there are very little negative things to say about any Stanford product, Blake Martinez had a mediocre combine. Martinez wasn't an all-around top performer, however many say he is better than what he displayed."
Here is Tony Fernandes' Scouting Report:
"The "Tackling Machine" is ready to pounce on the competition at the next level. Martinez has been characterized as an "instinctual player, with a non-stop motor". The Tucson, AZ native took up the mantle left over from prior Stanford standout Shayne Skov as the leader of the Cardinal defense and helped lead the team to great success in 2015. The only knock on Martinez is that he sometimes is over-eager to make the play in is allows for bigger yardage as in the UCLA game this past season. Martinez is highly intelligent, and will be a coach's dream at the next level. He may need a little seasoning, and special team's is where he may need to make his mark in the beginning.
Projection - Round 4"
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