“It made me uncomfortable during drills, and we didn't think it was as serious as it was,” Martin said. “But we went to the combine and found out it was torn.”
From there it was a frustrating rehab.
He couldn't compete at the combine and, besides the bench press, was just a spectator at OSU's Pro Day.
As others jockeyed for crucial pre-draft position, Martin patiently stalled, hoping for a healthy tryout before it was too late.
“It was about 3-4 weeks on crutches and then as much as you could take,” Martin said. “It was really self-progressing. One day you may think you are back and feel good and the next day it might swell up.”
Finally feeling what he called “80 percent,” Martin decided to hold his Pro Day on Tuesday, nine days before the NFL Draft.
With fellow prospects Jamie Blatnick and Richetti Jones looking on and close friend Johnny Thomas working with him in position drills, Martin looked fluid, performing his last meaningful act on the field that had delivered him so many memories.
“I just kind of wanted to do it here for one last time,” Martin said. “Come out here and compete on the field with Johnny Thomas. We came in together and it was a chance to do it one last time.”
Expected to go in the middle rounds, Martin will watch the draft at his home in Wichita Falls, Texas.