Over the last three seasons, West Texas A&M's Charles Martin was among the most productive receivers in college football. During that span, he caught 235 passes for 3,963 yards and 43 touchdowns, winning all-Conference honors after each season. He was also named to several all-America teams.
The Chargers signed Martin as an undrafted free agent and view him as a possible developmental project. The team has four receivers set to become unrestricted free agents after the season, so if Martin sticks on the practice squad in 2009, he'll have a real chance to contribute in 2010.
But does Martin really have what it takes? To find out, SDBoltReport.com's Samantha Fillerup went one-on-one with West Texas A&M receivers coach Joel Hinton.
Samantha Fillerup: How would you describe Martin's work ethic?
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Joel Hinton: He's one of those guys that is going to out-work everybody, work harder than everybody else, even though he's probably the most productive player that we've had for a couple of years. He was the guy that we could always count on. He was still going to out-work everybody. He's a great, solid player, a guy that you want to have on your team. He's going to help you win games.
SF: What kind of character does Martin bring with him into the locker room?
JH: Absolutely the best. He's always a positive guy. You can always count on him to get everyone else going, and everybody knew that they could count on him to pull his end of the deal and do the right things.
SF: What is the best part of his game?
JH: Probably his work ethic. That's something that no one else can take away from him, whether he's not as fast as the next guy or not as strong or something, he's going to work and do what he needs to, to make up for that difference if there is a skill difference there. He can work his butt off to make up that difference.
SF: What is his attitude like on the field?
JH: He's a winner. He's going to do what it takes to win by the way he plays with his physicality and all that other stuff. He's going to do absolutely whatever it takes to win, and to beat the guy across him.
SF: Are there any NFL players you would compare him to?
JH: A guy that he kind of reminds me of is Ed McCaffrey of the Denver Broncos from awhile back. He has the same kind of the work ethic, body type and all that kind of stuff. They kind of look similar in that aspect.
SF: What preparations did Martin make in college that will help him in the NFL?
JH: I think, overall, his maturity. He's been around awhile. He's a guy that was here in the program at West Texas for awhile and -- good or bad -- he had the ability to experience several different receivers coaches and so I know he has gained a lot of different knowledge, accumulated a lot of different things from all the different coaches he's had. He's just a really mature player, and as a person, so there's not going to be any problems for him adjusting or adapting to the NFL-style type of living and all that kind of stuff.