However, when his initial rush is stalled he allows himself to get very upright, losing the ability to create any kind of power or leverage on contact. Works hard to fight his way off blocks, but his lack of balance takes away from his initial burst once he gains a step and he struggles to laterally disengage from blocks once an opposing lineman get his hands on him.
Doesn't routinely anchor in the run game because of that higher pad level either and can be overwhelmed on contact. More of a guy who needs to win with his first step and stop plays before they start in the backfield. Possesses above-average instincts when asked to find the football, but when he doesn't initially read his run keys he tends to pop his pad level up in order to find it and can get jacked easily at the play.
However, he still showcases pretty good strength and quickness even when he gets upright, making him tough to block at the FCS level. He works his legs hard through contact, can be violent with his hands and has a good motor. Nevertheless, he simply doesn't display the type of consistent balance or overall coordination to free himself from blocks and find the football consistently inside because he routinely plays upright.
Impression: He's still pretty raw as a prospect, but has some natural athleticism and overall upside to his game. Looks like an intriguing later round guy."
Positive: Productive small school defensive lineman with average size/speed numbers for the next level. Displays good movement skills, fluid down the line of scrimmage and displays a burst of speed to the play. Uses his hands well, keeps his feet moving and covers a good amount of area on the field. Gets off the snap with a quick first step, quick changing direction or immediately alters his angle of attack to chase the action.
Negative: Does not consistently play with good pad level, gets tall and makes himself an easy target for opponents. Easily knocked off balance by the first block or handled by a single opponent. Marginal skill in pursuit.
Analysis: Parker was a top defender at Richmond the past three seasons and is a solid NFL prospect that offers a good amount of upside. He's best suited to play on a four-man line and has the movement skills necessary to be used as a three technique lineman."
Martin was a four-year starter for the Spiders who redshirted as a true freshman at Richmond in 2006. In 2007, he started all 14 games as a RS freshman, and tallied 61 tackles, 9 TFLs, a sack, 1 FF and 3 FRs.
In 2008, he played in 16 games and started 15 starts, racking up 56 tackles, 8 TFLs, and 4 sacks.
In 2009, he was named 2nd-tam All-CAA and finished 13th overall in the voting for the 2009 Buck Buchanan Award. He was also named a First Team All-American by College Sporting News. Again started all 13 games and notched 75 tackles, including team-highs in TFLs (15.5), sacks (6.5) and QB hurries (10).
In 2010, he was second on the team in tackles with the unheard of tally (for a DT) of 96, and added 13.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, a breakup, 9 hurries, a FF and a blocked kick.
Strengths: Very active and mobile. Very seasoned 4-year starter who has been very durable and has amassed a crazy number of tackles (288) for a college DT. Tackles very well (obviously.) Lowest man in on most plays. Quick off the snap and wins with quickness. Good stamina and can stay in there. Penetrator on the pass rush. A general P-I-T-A who is very disruptive. Runs well. Can make tackles even while being blocked and/or moving backwards. Can bounce around and over trash to the play. Bounces up when he gets knocked down. Could be converted to a strongside 4-3 DE, but for his lack of length....
Weaknesses: Not very big. Right now he is a 4-3 UT only who must be paired with a wide body. Loses when he gets turned or gets high. Can be blown off the ball by elite NFL OGs. Doesn't always protect his legs and gets gut a lot and is on the ground too much. Hand fights a bit too much, and needs to disengage, especially when playing laterally. Will be neutralized by the double team. Would not even be on some teams' draft boards because of their schemes.
Projection: 7th rounder."
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