MARTINSVILLE, N.J. - Almost to a man, NFL draft gurus agreed: Joe Flacco was blessed with a howitzer for an arm, but he was far from nimble-footed and would be easy prey for pass rushers.

That assessment was the basis for any doubt about the quarterback prospect from Audubon High and the University of Delaware before last year's NFL draft.

Brian Martin knew otherwise.

Martin, 39, the hyperactive founder and CEO of Test Sports Clubs, knew they were wrong because he helped train Flacco for the 2008 NFL scouting combine. This year's combine began yesterday and runs through next week in Indianapolis.

"Flacco ended up going in the first round, so everybody wants to know what did he do to get there," Martin said recently between his shouts of encouragement to athletes huffing and puffing their way through workouts at the club here, one of three the company has. "Not just at quarterback, but at every position, they want to be the next Flacco, a guy who rises up the charts."

Flacco's transformation from prospect to a centerpiece for the Baltimore Ravens - he became only the eighth rookie quarterback in NFL history to start a playoff game - has been good for business, Martin said. Martin and his staff try to prepare athletes for both the combine and the special workouts called "pro days" that are held by many major college football schools for NFL scouts.

When the 6-foot-6, 238-pound Flacco reported to Martin shortly after leading Delaware to the I-AA national championship game, he ran the 40 in 4.95 seconds and couldn't break seven seconds in the three-cone drill, designed to improve quickness and agility.

Eight weeks later, when he went to the combine, Flacco clocked 4.75 in the 40 and, according to Martin, ran the fastest three-cone drill by a quarterback in five years at 6.82 seconds.

"He did the three-cone drill faster than Michael Vick," said Martin, who is from Caldwell, N.J., and has a degree in exercise science. "No other quarterback at the combine in the last five years was under 7.0. That showed he could move around in the pocket. A lot of people thought he was just a drop-back guy."

As he spoke, Martin was intently watching several of the 41 college prospects training at his club go through their brisk paces on the 50-yard turf field that is upstairs at his facility. He is a fountain of information as he points out a player.

"See that kid? He's a cornerback," Martin said, gesturing toward Brice McCain, who played at Utah. "He ran a 4.19 on three different watches, the fastest we've ever seen. He was a four-year starter. But he had no combine invite. People I talked to said it's because of his height. He's 5-9. Fastest I ever had on this surface before him was 4.27. He's the fastest human I've ever seen - but no combine and that hurts."

Martin has nine players headed to the combine. Among them are Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer, South Carolina receiver Kenny McKinley, and Michigan cornerback Morgan Trent. The rest, such as Penn State offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger, Rutgers defensive end Jamaal Westerman and Temple linebacker James Tindall, are training for the days colleges set aside, usually in March, for scouts to go on campus and test them.

"I'm here to improve for the skills and drills that I'll be tested on at our pro day," said Ohrnberger, who began training at Test Sports Clubs less than a week after playing in the Rose Bowl. "Some things are learning how to get a good start, correcting bad habits and, of course, getting stronger."

Chris Patrick, a rookie offensive lineman for the Eagles who was signed off the practice squad in early December, returned to Martinsville this year after working there before last year's draft.

Patrick said he heard about TEST Sports Clubs from Daniel Bullocks, a free safety for Detroit and a former teammate of Patrick's at Nebraska.

"He [Bullocks] said some good things about it, and my agent sent me here," Patrick said. "This is the only facility I've seen that has this big an indoor field and all the best equipment. They break it down and show you on film what you're doing wrong. They spend a lot of time with you. A lot of it trying to improve your flexibility. Yesterday we did yoga, and it really helps. Everything is here to help you succeed. Every year, the guys who train with him [Martin] for the combine do well. He's got a good reputation."

Martin's staff includes several former NFL players who instruct players at each position at a nearby field covered by a bubble.

Scott Brunner, who played for the Giants, Broncos and Cardinals after starring as a quarterback at Delaware, works with the quarterbacks.

Brunner fine-tuned Flacco, who had to become comfortable taking snaps from center because he mostly passed out of a shotgun at Delaware, which runs a spread offense.

"We revisit all the fundamentals, from taking a snap, ballhandling, handing off, how to toss a ball to a running back. You get down to those kind of details," Brunner said as he prepared to work with Hoyer and Washington State quarterback Gary Rogers.

"Most college quarterbacks kind of wander out of the pocket when they drop back, and they don't even know it. Most of them end up behind the left guard and there's not that margin for error.

"If you give a defensive end coming off your left side an extra half yard, he's going to sack you. So you work on getting squared up in the pocket and then how they can move around in that small space within the pocket. Then we go through the type of passes they'll have to make, how they need to address and deal with that from the footwork standpoint and from a throwing mechanics standpoint.

"The thing about Joe is he learns quickly," Brunner added. "There were a lot of misconceptions about him but he overcame them."

Martin's other Test Sports Clubs also are in Central Jersey, in Bedminster and Tinton Falls. But the Martinsville facility, which opened in 2006, is his flagship because, he said, it was built to accommodate players training for the combine. Martin and several of his staffers attend the combine, partly to fill the needs of his players and partly to drum up business by networking with agents.

"One way to attract players is to do a good job preparing them for the combine," he said.

"Another is to develop relationships with agents. They send players to us. They'll bring me out to meet with the players because the players want to know about this process. They want to know who they're going to work with positionally. They want to know if I'm on the field, and I'm on the field every single day. They like that, because I'm not just an owner behind the desk."

While one of his staffers was instructing players on proper running technique, Martin said there is no level of service he and his staff can't provide. Along with access to state-of-the-art equipment, players are provided with medical care, a chiropractor, dietary and nutrition experts, sports psychologists, masseuses, etc. They get suggestions on how to handle interviews by interested teams and the media and on the Wonderlic Personnel Test. He even finds nearby housing for them.

"It's soup to nuts," Martin said. "We have it all."