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Marcus Martin | Center

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/29/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 310

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49ers selected USC C Marcus Martin with the No. 70 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Martin was the last player left in the green room, so the 49ers stopped his mini slide. Martin (6-foot-3 3/8, 320) made 33 starts for the Trojans, spending his freshman and sophomore years at left guard before manning center in 2013. He was this year's consensus top-rated center, but could excel at either guard spot with 34-inch arms. Only 20 years old, Martin is a wide-bodied, multi-position interior prospect with true mauler upside once he fully grows into his frame. He'll compete with Daniel Kilgore for center duties this summer. Fri, May 9, 2014 10:04:00 PM

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USC C/OG Marcus Martin had a pre-draft meeting with the Bills on Tuesday.

The interior offensive line isn't one of Buffalo's biggest needs, but Martin probably intrigues them due to his versatility and upside. Martin will go in Day 2, probably in Round 2, and Buffalo simply has too many other holes to see a likely marriage here.
Source: SB Nation
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 07:08:00 PM's Kyle Meinke reports that the Detroit Lions have hosted USC C Marcus Martin for a pre-draft visit on Monday.

The first-team all-Pac 12 selection is rated the No.1 center prospect amongst some evaluators across the league. Currently the Lions have Dominic Raiola holding down the middle of their offensive line, but he is getting long in the tooth at the age of 35. The Lions could draft a future center in Martin, who also offers them some position versatility, since he played guard for two years before making the switch to center last season. Martin could possibly hear his name called in the second or third round of the draft.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 03:15:00 PM

USC C Marcus Martin has had pre-draft meetings with the Saints, Eagles and Panthers, reports the National Football Post.

Experts expect Martin to slot between the second- and third-rounds. The former Trojan began his career at guard before shifting the center. NFL teams are split on which position he should play in the future, but evaluators are high on Martin's position versatility because he gives NFL teams the flexibility to step in and play all three interior spots immediately.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 05:14:00 PM

An AFC executive prefers USC C Marcus Martin as a guard.

"[USC] moved him to center," the executive said. "I kind of liked him at guard. He’s really young (20 years old), but I see some things I like." Many evaluators are high on Martin's position versatility because he gives NFL teams the flexibility to step in and play all three interior spots immediately. He's battling Colorado State's Weston Richburg for the right to be the first center selected.
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 09:16:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes USC C Marcus Martin is "the best interior offensive lineman in this class."

"The more I watch of USC OC/OG Marcus Martin the stronger I feel he's the best interior OL in this class. Plug and play skill set," Weidl tweeted. Many evaluators are high on Martin's position versatility. Martin gives NFL teams the flexibility to step right in and play all three interior spots, which raises his stock in the draft. Look for Martin to be a second day selection.
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 10:47:00 PM

Colts HC Chuck Pagano was the only head coach who attended USC's pro day.

"He spent plenty of time studying the offensive linemen at the workout," according to NFL Media's Bryan Fischer. The Colts just released their starting center, Samson Satele, so Marcus Martin could be a target on the second day. The center class is fairly weak, but Martin has been mentioned as the top prospect by many evaluators.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 10:27:00 AM

USC C Marcus Martin arrived in Indianapolis at 6 foot 3 and 3/8 inches and 320 pounds.

Martin also has 34 inch arms and 10 inch hands. Many have ranked Martin as the top center in the draft, but NFL network's Daniel Jeremiah believes Martin can play all three interior spots.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 02:58:00 PM

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock lists USC's Marcus Martin as the top center in the class.

Martin has long been considered the draft's top-eligible center, though Colorado State's Weston Richburg, who Mayock ranked second, has passed him in the eyes of some experts. Mayock's list of Top-5 centers is rounded out, in order, by Arkansas' Travis Swanson, Florida State's Bryan Stork, and Oklahoma's Gabe Ikard. Wisconsin's Travis Frederick was the only center taken in the first three rounds in 2013, and we don't currently project a center to go in the first round in May.
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 10:24:00 PM

USC C Marcus Martin is ranked as Scouts Inc.'s top interior OL.

Martin checks in at No. 35 overall. The next interior offensive linemen include Miss State guard Gabe Jackson (No. 44), Baylor guard Cyril Richardson (No. 79), UNC center Russell Bodine (No. 64) and LSU guard Trai Turner (No. 66). Martin has not generated a lot of buzz at this time, but that could change after the Combine.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 02:56:00 PM

Teams at the Senior Bowl mentioned that USC junior C Marcus Martin could be the first prospects selected at his position in May.

"Many were surprised when USC center Marcus Martin announced he was leaving for the draft. Not included in "many" were NFL scouts," Pauline writes. Colorado State's Weston Richburg seemed to emerge as the top senior center on the board, but there is also a possibility a guard or tackle is moved inside to center as well.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 09:51:00 AM

USC junior center Marcus Martin declared for the 2014 NFL Draft.

He announced the news on Twitter. Martin started 33 games for the Trojans, though he didn't shift to center (from guard) until this season. The All-Pac 12 First Teamer (6-foot-3, 310 pounds) will be amongst the top three centers taken in May's draft, but it's exceedingly difficult to project in which round he'll come off the board. Wisconsin's Travis Frederick was the only center taken in the first three rounds in 2013.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 05:01:00 PM