Chris Cooley’s film review of Commanders 2nd-round pick, Quan Martin
“Did you see he jumped a 44 inch vertical? Do you know how far 44 inches puts you over the rim?”
Those were the first thoughts Chris Cooley expressed on his film review of the Washington Commanders second-round selection Jartavius “Quan” Martin, a defensive back from Illinois.
Cooley was a guest on the Kevin Sheehan Podcast this week, providing film reviews Martin and first-round selection Emmanuel Forbes.
“He moves around, wherever they need him. He’s played a ton.”
“He might be a safety, the more I watch him.”
“Are you taking a guy in the second round because you think he is going to be good somewhere? Or do you have a role for him?”
“I like this pick, and I like a lot about Quan if there is an actual role for him. If in their mind, ‘This is where this dude plays.” Cooley said he doesn’t want Martin to be a guy they try at corner and then settle for safety.
“You don’t take those guys in the first, second, or most likely the third round. You take starters who can be starters that year because you have a position that you know they can fill.”
“The reason I like him at safety is he is fast and has really great hips in transition. He has really great range when he is moving across the field. His red-line to red-line speed is really good.”
“Through the middle of the field, he could be in a straight backpedal, and his turn and pivot to run red-line to red-line is exceptional athletic transition.”
“I think he is a good block shedder. He has a great downhill approach to run-stopping. He makes a ton of TFLs (tackles for a loss) on the other side of the ball.”
“He is a real physical player, fearless.”
“There is something lacking when he is outside in vertical stuff down the field.”
“I didn’t love him in tight-press situations…I don’t think he is a mirror corner. One thing I am sure of, he is not an outside corner.”