Rookie Free Agent Scouting Report: O. Martin

Virginia Tech defensive end Orion Martin, who projects as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense, was among the nine rookie free agents signed by the Dolphins this week. To get the scoop on Martin, we checked in with someone familiar with what he can bring to the Dolphins.

We asked's Dan Hilbert for a scouting report on Martin, and this is what he told us:

"Orion Martin was a classic overachiever at Virginia Tech. He earned every snap he played with his hard work off the field and hustle on the field. Did not miss any time due to injury at Tech. Shows above average to excellent speed and quickness. Has a good burst and an explosive first step. Marginal tackler. Needs to break down and wrap up instead of using only speed and trying to blow up the ball carrier; he will not get away with that with bigger, stronger backs in the NFL.

"The Dolphins 3-4 is a perfect fit for him. He would not make it as a 4-3 outside linebacker. His pass rush is all about speed; he does not have a wide array of pass rush moves. He could succeed opposite Joey Porter in third-down passing situations. Will make a splash on special teams immediately, especially on kickoff coverage. Is as fast as almost half the safeties in the league. Needs to add some more weight; weighed in right around 250 pounds at the combine. Needs to keep up the hard work and could eventually develop into a functional third-down pass rush specialist.

"Has great durability; did not miss any games due to injury in his college career. His sack output increased all four years he saw the field, going from 0.5 as a frosh, 1 as a sophomore, 6.5 his junior year, and 7.5 as a senior.

"Played almost exclusively at defensive end at Tech, but his size and speed should make him an outside 'backer for the Dolphins. (Bil) Parcells has a knack for finding pass-rush specialists at outside 'backer ( Demarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer in Dallas); this kid should make the 53-man roster."

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