Texans Profile: Keshawn Martin
Patrick D. Starr
With the 121st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Houston Texans select… Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State University.
Weight: 192 lbs.
Arms: 31 ½”
Hands: 9 ¼”
An explosive receiver who is quick off the snap and plays special teams, Martin already has many Texans fans saying, “Jacoby Who?” Mayock glows over this guy as well. He raved over Martin at the MSU pro day, calling the slot receiver “quicker than fast,” with swagger, toughness and great value to the return game.
Martin was a two year starter at Michigan State, proving to be elusive and productive in the short passing game. He is athletic enough to beat most defensive backs off of the line, possessing nice route running abilities and will take it down the field. Martin likes to get into his route before the corner can even catch him with his eyes. Given he only started for two seasons with MSU, this is impressive: Martin accounted for 17 TDs in five different ways: rushing, receiving, passing, punt return and kick return.
The downside of Martin lies in his lack of blocking skill and how he can stay detached when not involved in a play. His strength lies in him being open. As long as he holds onto the ball, Dennison and crew can coach him up given his natural ability.
Keshawn Martin brings a welcome added dimension to two phases of the Texans game: not only the passing game, but also in the return game. Again, the Texans appear to score a value pick that fits our needs precisely.
Martin's Honors and Accolades
Career ranked 2nd in Michigan State history punt return yards, 8th in kick return yards, 10th in all-purpose yards - again as a two-year starter
2011: Honorable Mention All-Big Ten
2011: Named to Yahoo! Sports All-Big Ten second team as PR
2011: Recorded career high 9 rec/115 yds/ 153 all purpose yds in Big Ten Championship game
2010: First team All-Big Ten PR by Rivals.com and CollegeFootballNews.com
2009: Named to ESPN’s Big Ten All-Bowl team