Jan 2, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Markelle Martin (10) before the game against the Stanford Cardinal in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans Rookie Season Review: FS Markelle Martin

It’s hard to review a player who couldn’t get on the field, so I’m going to focus on his positional group instead. If there’s any group from the Tennessee Titans that needs work it’s the safeties. On one side of the field we had Michael Griffin, the epitome of an enigma. On the other, it was a rotation of Jordan Babineaux, who failed to recapture his decent form of 2011, and Robert Johnson, who just isn’t very good at this point. Sprinkled in with a little Al Afalava, and this group was one of the reasons that the Titans defense was incredibly mediocre.

At times, Griffin was put in a position to fail. He isn’t an in-the-box guy. He has good range and can locate the ball in the air, so he should be put back deep. To allow this, we needed a safety that could play the run well and cover tight ends and slot receiver. Safe to say, we didn’t have that throughout the whole year. And really, for the past few years.

It would seem to be essential for the Titans to either draft a young, stud safety (Matt Elam, DJ Swearinger) or sign a proven, dependable guy, which would probably be harder to find. But if they don’t, then perhaps they believe that Markelle Martin can be the answer. He might just be. He was pretty damn good at Oklahoma State before having knee problems that caused him to drop to the sixth round of the 2012 draft and subsequently miss his first season as a rookie. Still, he might be an option. I hope he is, but we’ll find out soon enough.

GRADE: To Be Determined


Tune in Tuesday for TE Taylor Thompson’s review.

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