The Washington Commanders entered the offseason with question marks all over the place. One such question mark was on the back end of the defense as safety Bobby McCain became a free agent (ultimately signing with the Giants). The team’s answer to that question was to draft defensive back Jartavius “Quan” Martin out of the University of Illinois.
Martin (5-11, 194 lbs) spent most of last season being overlooked as fellow Illinois DBs Devon Witherspoon and Sydney Brown turned heads; all three players were selected by day two of the 2023 NFL Draft. Martin certainly found a way to stand out at the combine with his 44-inch verticle and 11’1 broad jump.
In five seasons at Illinois, he recorded 225 total tackles (148 solo tackles, 10.5 for loss) and 22 passes defended with seven interceptions.
“Football just always came natural to me man. Just being able to play, just understanding the game very well at a high level while also competing fast.” – Quan Martin