No. 14 Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
Previous ranking: No. 19
Making the case for Martin: He was able to get off blocks to make plays behind the line of scrimmage, often in spite of facing double teams. He got after quarterbacks and made game-changing plays, such as the sack in the end zone for a safety in the Belk Bowl victory over Cincinnati. Martin was a first-team All-ACC selection after finishing the regular season with 78 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, 14 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
One of his best games came in the victory over Pitt, when Martin finished with eight tackles (six solo), 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Against Miami, Martin had four tackles for loss and a sack, two quarterback hurries and eight total tackles. He was a disruptive interior pass rusher and participated in the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl, finishing with four tackles (1.5 for loss) for the North team. He is ranked No. 7 at his position by ESPN’s Scouts Inc.