Offensive tackle Koda Martin is a holdover from last year’s class of undrafted free agents as a developmental prospect who plays a position that is constantly in need.
The Manvel, Texas native starred on both sides of the line for Manvel High School, earning multiple all-district and all-state honors as a defensive end. As a junior, Martin totaled 71 tackles with nine sacks and three forced fumbles. As a senior, he finished with 72 stops, 12 tackles-for-loss, nine sacks, and seven forced fumbles.
Martin started his collegiate career with the Aggies of Texas A&M. He played a reserve role as a freshman in 2015 but worked into the starting lineup as sophomore, registering four total starts (3 at LT, 1 at TE).
His 2017 season saw him earn his first starting job, collecting 12 starts in 13 games. Just after solidifying his role for the Aggies, Martin graduated early and transferred to Syracuse to play for head coach Dino Babers.
Fun story here: Martin is now married to Babers’ daughter, Jazzmin, who was an All-American volleyball player for A&M. Martin’s father, Kirk, is also on the Orange’s staff.
In his final collegiate season, Martin started 13 games for the Orange at right tackle, earning Third-Team All-ACC honors. He finished his career with 29 starts while participating in 47 total.
College: Texas A&M/Syracuse
Years with team: 1
“Koda Martin signed a 3 year, $1,764,000 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, including a $9,000 signing bonus, $9,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $588,000. In 2020, Martin will earn a base salary of $610,000, while carrying a cap hit of $613,000 and a dead cap value of $6,000.” - Spotrac.com
Martin offers inside and outside versatility which is always a plus with the Chargers. While he played exclusive tackle in college, Martin is listed as a guard on the team’s official roster so it’s safe to assume that’s where the team wants him going forward. Martin possesses adequate athleticism, including a forty time registered between 5.00 and 5.10. He has the agility to climb to the second level and cover up defenders on top of being able to pull out into space and be a lead blocker. He’ll find more success in a zone run scheme or a gap scheme, so hopefully the offensive changes give him a nice boost in 2020.
Martin lacked functional strength and hopefully was able to fill out his frame and add some needed muscle. While his athleticism is able to get him into proper position to make blocks, he struggles to maintain them and can find himself shucked off a bit too often.
Odds of making the roster/What to expect in 2020?
I don’t think Martin has a shot at making the final roster but I fully expect him to keep a spot on the practice squad. He’s versatile enough to be an emergency depth piece in case of injury and that’s where I think his ceiling lies in 2020.