Not everyone feels that way:
Martin Nance WR 6’4 213 Miami(OH)
By: Robert Davis
NFL Combine Stats: 40-yard dash - 4.58
When people started to take notice of Ben Roethlisberger his junior year, people had no choice but to notice Big Ben’s top target, sophomore Martin Nance. He absolutely exploded onto the college football map that year with 90 catches for 1,498 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a junior, he was off to another fast start. In the first four games of the 2004 season, Nance had 25 catches for 337 yards, and a touchdown. On the first play of the 5th game that season however, Nance injured his knee and missed the rest of the season. He came back this season looking to re-establish himself. Nance did just that, finishing with 81 receptions, 1,107 yards, for 14 touchdowns.
Martin Nance is a flat out playmaker. At 6’5, with great athleticism, and jumping ability, he is nearly unstoppable in one on one situations. He’s not just big though, he has good straight-line speed. He can get deep, and make plays vertically. Some people questioned if his success in 2003 was due to Roethlisberger, but he showed early on in 2004, and has shown again this year that he is a talent.
Even though he is showing he is back from the knee injury in 2004, it is something teams will look into. Even though the MAC has gained some respect nationally, it still is not the most talented conference out there. With just over two years of experience on the field, he has not faced the most talented corners in college.
Nance fits the mold of the big, tall, athletic receiver teams have become enamored with lately. He has all the talent to develop in the NFL. Nance struggled at the combine, running a 4.58 40 and struggling to catch the ball in drills, and that hurt his stock. He should still hear his name called on the first day of the draft.
Martin Nance | #15
Wide Receiver - Miami (OH)
The more I watch Martin Nance play the better he seems to get. He has the almost ideal frame for an NFL wide receiver. He has big hands, long arms, and a tall and physical frame that teams love. He uses his physical features to his advantage, he is one of the best receivers in the draft from a physical standpoint. He has pretty decent athletic ability and can out-muscle people on jump ball opportunities which makes him an excellent target in the red zone. He can use his frame to make difficult catches and also has very reliable hands. I don't know if he is the quickest or fastest of receivers though, he seems to not run hard while he is running his routes. He also doesn't have the best burst from his initial start on the line of scrimmage. I think teams might be a little drawn away from Nance because his slight lack of NFL receiver speed, but overall I think he will end up being a fine player at the next level. Also, Nance has some question marks surrounding him with injury problems. I think Nance is a solid second round pick, but with a good combine and team workouts, he could sneak his way into the end of the first round.
• Has great physical features that really help his game
• Very reliable hands
• Has good athletic ability
• Good physical big target
• Doesn't quite have the speed or quickness teams like out of WRs
• Doesn't get a great burst off the LOS
• Has had injury concerns in the past
I've also heard that the Browns are very interested in him, and they'd be in a good position early Rd 2 to pick him up.