I'm one of those people. Get him in the middle order and see him flourish.The general feeling amongst SA fans here is Markram needs to be at 4. He is a fine enough opener but he has hard hands,so he is better off in the middle.
StephenZA was unconvinced about Malan if I remember correctly. And I'm still not sure where he fits in the pecking order with van Tonder,Hamza or Bedingham.