Notre Dame Football: The NFL Case For Greer Martini

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 21: Greer Martini
SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 21: Greer Martini /

The former Notre Dame football captain has yet to be signed as an undrafted free agent.

By the time the 2018 NFL Draft wrapped up, four Notre Dame football players had been selected and were heading to their new homes to begin their NFL careers. Shortly after the draft, three more former Irish stars had signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents.

None of those players were named Greer Martini.

The former Notre Dame football captain has yet to reach an agreement with an NFL team, but that doesn’t mean he won’t or shouldn’t relatively soon.

To be fair, there is nothing about the Martini’s game that jumps off the page. He’s a big kid with decent speed and he’s never out of position. Those are all positives, but those aren’t the traits that get a player drafted. They are — however — traits that eventually land guys in preseason camps.

Martini’s real value comes by way of his work ethic, maturity, leadership and locker room presence. He’s a guy who is going to give you everything he has on every down — in practice and in games — all for the betterment of the team.

He’s extremely coachable, and that counts for something in a league where so many players believe they can go rogue due to their ability. Martini is not that guy. He does his job — Every. Single. Play.

As far as his physical makeup and athleticism goes, he can give you depth inside or outside at the linebacker position. He has enough speed and wingspan to run with and cover tight ends over the middle. There is also plenty of film available displaying his ability to cover backs coming out of the backfield. On special teams, he’d be an immediate, capable contributor.

Taking all of this into consideration — combined with inevitable injuries and other roster-altering issues — it’s safe to assume that Greer Martini is eventually going to get that phone call that invites him to an NFL camp.

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I stand by my previous prediction that — due largely to the intangibles he brings to the table — the call will most likely come from the New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans or Detroit Lions. He’s a “Patriot Way” type of player, and those franchises are in the business of filling their rosters will players who fit that mold.