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49ers pick Marcus Martin, last to leave the green room

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Former USC center Marcus Martin has the disappointing distinction of being the last player still in the green room backstage at the 2014 NFL draft.

Thirty players attended the draft, and when Morgan Moses went to Washington early in the third round, 29 of them had been drafted. Only Martin remained.

Finally, with the 70th overall pick, the 49ers selected him, and Martin got to have his moment on the stage at Radio City Music Hall.

Martin has undeniable talent, but he suffered knee and ankle injuries late in the 2013 season, and those injuries prevented him from running at the Scouting Combine. That could explain his fall.

Whatever the reasons that he had to wait until late Friday night to hear Roger Goodell call his name, Martin is now out of the green room and getting ready to travel to San Francisco.

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15 Responses to “49ers pick Marcus Martin, last to leave the green room”
  1. mikeinsanfran says: May 9, 2014 10:02 PM

    Trent Baalke – Draft Ninja

  2. swaggyy says: May 9, 2014 10:03 PM

    Enjoy never winning a super bowl, Marcus.

  3. asimonetti88 says: May 9, 2014 10:06 PM

    Great pick for my Niners! Games are won in the trenches, so you have to build the line on both sides!

  4. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 9, 2014 10:12 PM

    dont worry about being last in the green room. you’ll be playing for a super bowl contender every year. glad to have you as a 49er.

  5. swaggyy says: May 9, 2014 11:21 PM

    Baalke is not a draft ninja. Outside of hitting on some early first round surefire prospects, he hasn’t really done much. All the core players were drafted before he was GM

  6. beastmode5150 says: May 9, 2014 11:29 PM

    Umm, the niners had 12 picks, of course they got a lot of guys. Can they play? We’ll see.

  7. donnymacjack says: May 9, 2014 11:48 PM

    I’m a little surprised the 49ers have played the draft as well as they have. I expected a bit more of a panic as their aging roster could be seeing it’s window start to slowly close.

    So I was thinking they might move up significantly to make a big splash and a hard push for the SB this next season. But they didn’t. I think they played it very smart, moving around as they did. (Although I think their first pick was a miss and they’ve done just a fair job of addressing their immediate needs.)

    But from a future standpoint they did outstanding so far.

  8. bryans49ers says: May 9, 2014 11:50 PM

    We drafted the best running back and now the best center.
    Awesome night it has been. Welcome aboard men!

  9. dinofrank60 says: May 10, 2014 1:28 AM

    Just don’t go the draft. You can find better things to do than attend that… show. Stay at home and enjoy your people!!!

  10. agold831 says: May 10, 2014 1:39 AM

    @swaggy: He assumed GM duties in March of 2010. In the 2010 and 2011 drafts, they drafted the likes of Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, and Colin Kaepernick. Those are players I would say are part of the nucleus of the team. Bowman was a 3rd round pick and there is no such thing as a “surefire prospect”. See: Aaron Curry. Personally, I thought he had drafted poorly at the time but he proved me wrong. If you want to rip him for the 2012 draft, all the power to you but I wouldn’t say that should define his tenure as GM. Other notable players drafted during his tenure as GM include Anthony Dixon, Kendall Hunter, Taylor Mays, Daniel Kilgore and Kyle Williams. He also signed Tramaine Brock as an UFA

  11. kev86 says: May 10, 2014 10:06 AM

    I like the smart, durable center the Giants drafted over this guy.

  12. dfwhawkguy says: May 10, 2014 10:13 AM

    I wonder what crimes he will eventually commit now that he’s a 9’er?

  13. tinbender2000 says: May 10, 2014 11:25 AM

    if Baalke would just give every new player a quart jar of PED’s his drafts would look much better. Right Swaggy?

  14. higheriqthanyou says: May 10, 2014 11:39 AM

    Now all they need is someone to snap it to.

  15. adderal says: May 11, 2014 2:38 PM

    Swaggy likes to leave out that Trent was head of scouting before assuming GM role so He’s had a hand in every draft hit and miss for the last seven years. As much as Swaggy comments on the 49er boards he/she/it must clearly know that right? Otherwise one would assume your just talking out the wrong end again

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