Martinez, a four-year starter, began his career with a somewhat unorthodox throwing motion. His mechanics were often the subject of ridicule and blamed for his mistakes.
But every year the California native has improved his technique under the tutelage of quarterback guru Steve Calhoun and the 2012 season was Martinez's best yet.
As a junior, he threw for nearly 2,900 yards and completed 62 percent of his throws, tossing 23 touchdowns along the way.
"I think some people still haven't give him credit," said Pelini. "When you really study him...he's developed and a lot more comfortable....He had to fix some of his technique."
Martinez has developed so much, Pelini feels strongly about his career after his senior season.
"There is no question in my mind that he will be a NFL quarterback," said sixth-year head coach. "He's a guy who can make all the throws. He throw the comeback, he can throw the deep-ball. He's just got to keep developing...The arm strength has always been there."
Martinez's possible draft stock has been an interesting topic over the years for Nebraska fans. Many saw him as an athlete in the draft – possibly getting a look as a receiver or defensive back.
Pelini's comments and a strong senior season slinging the football might make people think differently.