Senior Bowl: Illinois S/CB Jartavius Martin of Lehigh draws comps to Dolphins' Eric Rowe
MOBILE, Ala. — Jartavius Martin can play cornerback and safety and can play both well.
Martin can cover and can tackle and the Illinois senior has been compared to Dolphins defensive back Eric Rowe, who has also played cornerback and safety in college and the NFL.
"I'm comfortable in both spots," Martin said at the Senior Bowl this week. "Some teams like me as a nickel. Some like me as a free safety. I can go play high safety, free safety. I can come down and support in the run. And I can cover in the slot."
Martin was a three-star recruit at Lehigh, which is located in the Fort Myers area.
After five seasons at Illinois, and 55 games played, "Quan" Martin may now be a third- to fifth-round pick in April.
"I've played a lot of ball," Martin said. "I've seen the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. I've seen the importance of having a bond with your brothers, both on and off the field. Making sure everybody has everyone's back. Making sure everyone's on the same page."
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Martin, 5-foot-11, 193 pounds, is an excellent, physical tackler. He can be an effective tight end-eraser, which is so important in today's NFL. And he matched and set career highs in 2022 with three interceptions and 14 passes defended.
"What I want to show the scouts out here is I can play any position just as well as any other," Martin said. "Just being able to move around and show my versatility in the back end and make plays."
Last season, Martin was an Illinois team captain at the ReliaQuest Bowl. He was All-Big Ten second team.
Martin is still motivated by a lack of recruiting attention. Martin was ranked at the 101st-best safety in the nation by ESPN and was only a two-star recruit as determined by Rivals.
ESPN and 247Sports did give Martin three stars. But in general, he felt other players locally and nationally garnered more hype.
When Martin Chose Illinois, it was over offers from Air Force, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, Charlotte, Georgia Southern, and New Hampshire.
One day, after his playing career is over, Martin said he'd like to open a barbershop.
Martin's mom and dad work in the home improvement sector. So, is Martin pretty handy around the house?
"Nah," Martin said. "But I can always go on YouTube."
Speaking of YouTube, here is a television clip from when Martin was named National Defensive Player Of The Week.
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