UNC defensive end Kareem Martin goes to Cards in 3rd round
UNC senior defensive end Kareem Martin will be joining former Tar Heel guard Jonathan Cooper in Arizona.
Martin was picked in the third round (84th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cardinals, who chose Cooper with the seventh overall pick last year.
The Roanoke Rapids native earned first-team all-ACC honors after posting 82 tackles (21.5 for loss), 11 sacks and 14 quarterback hurries this past season. He also combined with Brandon Ellerbe for a safety in UNC’s Belk Bowl win over Cincinnati.
Martin finished his senior season fifth in the nation in tackles per loss and eighth in sacks.
“Kareem was a great leader who played a major role in our turnaround last year,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. “He played extremely well in the second half of the season and was among the nation’s top defensive ends in sacks and tackles for loss. The Cardinals are getting an excellent person and a tremendous player.”
Martin is the fourth Carolina defensive end taken in the last five years. The most recent was Quinton Coples in the first round of the 2012 draft. Robert Quinn was a first round pick in 2011 and E.J. Wilson was taken in the fourth round in 2010.