Apr 20, 2013; Notre Dame, IN, USA; A general view before Notre Dame Stadium before the 2013 Notre Dame spring game. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Prospect Evaluation: Notre Dame Commitment Greer Martini


Martini was the first player to commitment to Notre Dame in the 2014 class. He committed to the Fighting Irish on July 3, 2013. Martini will have a chance to fill the void that will be left by the graduation of Dan Fox and Carlo Calabrese. But, does Martini have the skills to come in and play early?

Size

Currently, Martini checks in at 6’3″ 232lbs. This is about 10 to 20 pounds short of where he would want to be. However, he has a full year before he needs to make this weight and muscle up. His height is near prototypical for an Inside Linebacker. One of the negatives about Manti Te’o was his height.

Speed

His 40-yard dash is listed at 4.74 seconds. This is above the benchmark for an NFL Linebacker. This does not mean that he will not be a great college linebacker or even excellent NFL Linebacker. But, currently, he is a step behind the elite guys. What does this mean? He may not be able to cover the top Running Backs and Tight Ends.

Instincts

One thing that is important to look for in an Inside Linebacker is how well he diagnoses the play. Does he fill the gap on a run fit? Does he recognize a screen and break it up? Can he find the ball in the air? Former Notre Dame and current San Diego Linebacker Manti Te’o was excellent at doing all of this.

Greer Martini demonstrates most of these instincts. He runs down a lot of screens. Most of his tackles are not made behind the line of scrimmage. But, he does fill the gap. In the passing game, he cover well because he is fairly athletic.

Martini will develop into a solid player at Notre Dame. He may not be an All-American but he could be a multi-year starter for the Fighting Irish. If he were to become an elite player, he would need to improve his lateral quickness and overall speed.

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