The Tennessee Titans picked DT Mike Martin with the 82nd pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. After the DE Tyrone Crawford of Boise State disappeared off the board right before the Titans, it was an easy pick for the Titans. It addresses a big need, helping shore up a line that was thrashed by the run this past year.
Martin has started the past three years inside for Michigan after making a nice impact as a true freshman. He is a tough and durable player who relies on his strength to control blockers and make plays. His strength is what defines him, he lives and dies by it.
Martin has a good feel for offensive lines and block schemes and how to slant inside of lineman to get into the backfield. He is very strong against the run and can neutralize any blocker. He can hold up a block, and then shed to get to the ball. He plays with instincts and is strong.
Martin can struggle in space and is a stout player at the point, but he really doesn’t have much production rushing the passer. Once in the backfield, he has a tough time running down the quarterback, and his athletic ability can be exposed in space. Feel free to leave comments on here or hit us up on our Facebook page or Twitter!
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