Pro Day: Martin On Crutches, In High Spirits

One player who was not able to participate in Friday's Pro Day events was safety Markelle Martin. Martin was walking around on crutches but was all smiles in support of his fellow Cowboys in Boone Pickens Stadium.

Martin tore meniscus in his knee at the NFL combine and was unable to participate there, as well. He has spent the past few weeks at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Fl., where he had a scope done on his knee and began rehab.

He said he does not believe this injury will have any impact on his draft status and he has chosen to see it as a blessing in disguise in other ways.

"I'm very confident in how things have gone. I feel like, for me, it has been more about football intellect anyway," Martin said. "I've spent a lot of time sitting down and speaking with coaches. In some ways, I think being physically out has helped me more because of how many interviews I've been able to have where I sit down with coaches so that's helped me a lot.

"I've had a lot of great opportunities to speak with teams and do all the little things that make a huge difference; shake their hand, meet them, look at film, break stuff down, I think it's been really great for me so far."

DraftTek Sports Information lists Martin as the No. 47 overall prospect and CBS Sports ranks him 88th overall and the No. 2 free safety. Walter Camp Football ranks Martin as the No. 3 overall safety, regardless of strong or free, and projects him as a second or third-round pick. All these lists have been updated since his injury took place.

"He's gonna be just fine, man," defensive end Richetti Jones said. "He's got the mind for it and we all know he has the athletic ability. It's a minor injury but it won't hurt him in the end. He'll be laying out people on Sunday's in no time and somebody's gonna be glad to have him."

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