The San Francisco 49ers (4-3) embarrassing loss wasn’t the only negative from last night’s defeat as the 49ers also lost their starting center for the season. Yes, I’m talking about Appalachian State product C Daniel Kilgore. The former 2011 fifth-round pick (No. 163) suffered a broken left leg injury late in the game and will now be out for the remainder of the season. An injury that coach Harbaugh compared to NT Ian Williams last season, it will now be up to rookie third-round pick (No. 70) C Marcus Martin to be the “next man up.”
Martin, who was the last man in the green room on draft day, will now get to showcase his talent as this USC Trojan shows the rest of the NFL, he was a player worth drafting in the first-round. Martin who has the lateral quickness and athleticism to win the starting job outright, if it weren’t for a knee injury that hampered him during the preseason will now get his shot to start.
So what does Martin possess? How about the knack for sealing off defenders at the point of attack all while maintaing proper leverage in run schemes. A player that doesn’t shy away from contact but rather welcomes it, don’t be surprised if you see Martin road-grading his way to the second-level as he keeps defensive lineman at bay. A very smart football player who also has a history of earning the respect of his teammates (team captain as Junior), it will be interesting to see how far Martin has come along despite limited preseason snaps.