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Center Marcus Martin has an NFL-ready body.
Third round, No. 70 overall to San Francisco 49ers
A solidly built player who is a solid protector against both the pass and the run, a versatile player who could fit in immediately at either center or guard. Only has average quickness off the line and could improve his ability to finish, which could be developed by his NFL team. Needs to improve his overall toughness to match his body type.
Martin could be a steal for the 49ers and could potentially play early. 2013 starting center Jonathan Goodwin is a free agent, and fourth-year player Daniel Kilgore recently had his contract extended, meaning he could be elevated to the starting role this fall.
In addition, veteran Mike Iupati missed four games last season with injuries and is coming off a broken left fibula suffered in the NFC Championship Game. Martin’s versatility makes him a strong bet to play somewhere on the 49ers’ line this fall.
Martin was a versatile starter who started at both guard and center in his time at USC, but the Trojans have talented replacements. Leading them is junior Max Tuerk, a two-year starter who is capable of starting at any position on the line. He played at left tackle in 2012 and started at left guard much of last season.