Nikai Martinez, Apopka 2022 CB

Nikai Martinez

Apopka High School
(Apopka, FL)

2022 CB

Height: 5-11

Weight: 170

Projection: Corner

Strength: Ball Skills

Improvements: Pad level

Evaluation: Ball skills and anticipation are glaring strengths. Over and over, throughout his film he made plays on the ball, challenging each pass that came his way. Martinez showed the ability to play several different coverage techniques while in man and zone coverage. Impressed with his awareness and range. Primarily an outside corner. But, his quicks will allow him to play on the inside also. Has a second gear in coverage starting with a smooth backpedal. Martinez’s film is structured well. Highlighting is special teams return ability second. Increasing his value and showing off his straight-line speed. He’s a quick reactor, especially when recognizing the run. Sure tackler, physical, taking great angles to the ball. At times he gets high in his pad level which impacts his transition. All correctable, nothing alarming. Overall, Martinez shows to be a wide side corner with elite coverage ability and being an excellent open-field tackler.