There was/is a 300 pd 6 ft 4 defensive tackle playing/played for Western and Michigan State in the last year.. named Vaughan Martin-- seems to have gotte a lot of positive press if my instant detective (Monsieur Google) is any indication
does anyone out there in Tiger Space know anything about him or his whereabouts?
Seems to me he cant be any worse than what we have..
He's currently playing for the University of Western Mustangs.
Very fast for a big man.
Check him out this Saturday at 1:00 PM in the Yates Cup final on the SCORE.
Looks like a good pro prospect, but I don't think he will be in this year's draft.
From Dwayne Forde's recent report:
He won't be eligible for the CFL Draft until 2011 but sophomore defensive lineman* Vaughn Martin (Western Ontario)* has been granted early entry to this year's NFL Draft. Martin recently worked out for scouts from that league and proved that he is not only a gifted football player but also a freakish athlete. For the sake of comparison, Martin bench pressed 225 lbs. 33 times, which is ten more reps than anyone did at this year's CFL E-Camp. As for his 20-yard shuttle time of 4.31 seconds, it matched the time posted by the quickest E-Camp defensive lineman,
If he's entering the NFL draft. One would assume he's pretty sure he will be drafted. We probably won't see him in the CFL for a long time if ever.
yea he declaired that a mounth or so ago,
Sleeper: Western Ontario DT Vaughn Martin
from Dallas Morning News 12 april 2009
There's risk involved for an underclassman applying for early admission to an NFL draft. There's no turning back. If you become a late-round selection or even go undrafted, you can't go return to college and finish up. The moment you sign off for early entry to a draft, you become a professional.
But there's no risk involved for defensive tackle Vaughn Martin. He's leaving three years or eligibility on the table to turn pro -- but he's the only one of the 53 early applicants in 2009 who can return to school if he doesn't like his draft round. That's because Martin is the only one of the 53 who plays his college football outside of the United States and thus outside of NCAA jurisdiction. Martin plays at Western Ontario.
Canadian colleges allow players five years of eligibility and Martin has played only two seasons. If he goes undrafted, he can return to Western Ontario to finish out his college eligibility. He's not even eligible for the CFL draft until 2011.
Look for Martin to become a late-round selection. He signed with Michigan State out of high school, so he has big-school talent. He wound up playing at a prep school (Milford Academy) for a year before enrolling at Western Ontario. He has been a starter in each of his first two seasons, at end in 2007 and tackle in 2008. He's viewed as an NFL project -- but certainly a worthwhile project because of the measurables. He goes 6-4, 335 and gave the NFL a bench press of 33 times at 225 pounds at his campus workout. :cowboy: