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NFL Draft: Tennessee Titans take OSU's Markelle Martin in sixth round

By Gina Mizell, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: April 28, 2012
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Martin was voted an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association in 2011 after recording 74 tackles (five for loss), 11 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was known at OSU for his ferocious hits and for being one of the Cowboys’ biggest leaders.

“Markelle is going to be a really good NFL player,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said in a release. “He’s very intelligent and has been a good hitter for us. He can play two positions in the NFL because he’s smart. He was a really good leader for us and you never have to worry about him getting into anything off the field. He should be a real good safety in the NFL.”

Martin will join a Titans team that returns both starting safeties, as Tennessee put the franchise tag on Michael Griffin and signed Jordan Babineaux to a new contract this offseason. The Titans ranked eighth in scoring defense (19.8 points per game), 18th in total defense (355.1 yards per game), 14th in passing defense (226.8 yards per game) and 24th in rushing defense (128.3 yards per game) last season.