March 21, 2018

Texans Profile: Keshawn Martin

Keshawn Martin

With the 121st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Houston Texans select… Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State University.

Vital Stats

Height:                       5’11”

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 Statistics



Martin’s Scouting Report

Martin’s NFL Combine Numbers

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 and

2009: Named to ESPN’s Big Ten All-Bowl team

9 Responses to “Texans Profile: Keshawn Martin”
  1. Brian Swinehart says:

    Take care of my boy Houston – Here is a quick highlight video from his 4 years –

  2. The Claire Bear says:

    Thanks for the vid, Brian. Houston is extremely excited about Keshawn. Promise to take as good of care of him as he does for us. It’s a fan-favorite pick.

  3. Aaron says:

    Wow, your boy has some speed.. and some pretty amazing body control.. that one sideline catch was crazy…

    • Patrick D. Starr says:

      I think he will have more snaps than Posey the upcoming season. He will be a nice slot complement for the Texans.

    • The Claire Bear says:

      yeah, i’ve only seen highlights, but what i see impresses. especially special teams. i hope he plays as well as he is capable of playing. someone said he reminded them of ernest givens today on twitter. i second that.

  4. Brian Swinehart says:

    Michigan State’s Coach Dantonio (who was born in Texas) said that Keshawn is just like Derrick Mason. Let’s hope it’s true.

    Keshawn is fired up to play for Houston. It could not have been a better fit for him. He could not stop smiling on draft day. I am now a huge fan! Can’t wait to come to a game!

  5. The Claire Bear says:

    If you know him, tell him we’d love to get an interview, gain him more fans in Houston. He can follow me at @theclairebear23 on twitter and we’ll get in touch, or contact us via the site.

    I’ll take some fresh out of college Dee Mason any day… Coach Dantonio was on staff when Derrick was there, right? If so, he should know!

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