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Prospect Profiles: Mike Martin


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-2, 304, 5.00


National Football Post:

A short, stout nose tackle prospect with a wrestling background. Is a naturally strong kid who displays good initial quickness off the snap, but doesn’t generate a ton of snap into contact. Doesn’t do a great job keeping his butt down into his stance and seems to really roll his hips into contact taking away from his power at the point. However, possesses a real passion for the game, displays a nose for the football and works endlessly in pursuit. Showcases good natural quickness when trying to avoid blocks in the run game as he cleanly side steps defenders in tight areas, extends his arms well and uses his strong/quick hands in order to keep himself clean. Possesses a solid initial burst in pursuit and can make plays off his frame in the run game and tackle well on the move. Displays slightly above average anchor strength for the position, but did get a lot stronger from a year ago and I expect him to do the same this year. Isn’t real long armed, struggles with leverage at times initially off the snap and can be sealed from the football once a blocker gets their hands on him. However, he’s a tough guy to really move off the line and always seems to locate the football and put himself around the action.

Displays some initial burst off the snap as a pass rusher. Isn’t dynamic getting after the quarterback, but does have the burst to at least threaten gaps inside. Does a nice job once he gains a step keeping his pad level down and working through contact. Also, does exhibit good hand quickness keeping himself clean with some lateral agility in high areas to work his arm over. Is tighter in the hips and will fail to breakdown at times, but the guy gives you everything he has chasing from the backside and consistently is around the action.

Impression: The kind of prospect you don’t want to bet against. Is limited and doesn’t have the kind of frame to get all that bigger, but I can see him working his way into a rotation as a 43 nose in the NFL and being the kind of guy coaches love.

NE Patriots Draft: 

Strengths: Martin is one of the strongest and stoutest players in the country – Former state champion wrestler, plays with tremendous leverage – Keeps his pads square and is near impossible to drive off the LOS one on one – Creates penetration from 3-technique – Battles hard on every play, extremely powerful at point of impact – Great balance, keeps his hips under him and generates a lot of his power – Very strong use of hands – Can simply wear down opposing linemen with his strength, could go over 50 reps at combine – Probably the most impressive body at Senior Bowl weigh in -Almost never goes to the ground, which speaks to his balanced base and not getting over-extended – Team captain.

Weaknesses: Martin will never be a dynamic pass rusher – Ceiling might be limited compared to other DL propsects- Height is an issue but makes up for it with power – Can struggle to take on double teams – Short arms and wingspan – Some teams don’t know if he is a NT of 3-tech – Tries to make more plays instead of anchoring in some cases, essentially opening up holes

FF Toolbox:

University of Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin is a very productive inside presence at defensive tackle and could rise up draft boards once all the film is evaluated. What makes Martin special is his consistent ability to get leverage in one-on-one match-ups. He doesn’t have much of a career in store in a 3-4 scheme or as a nose tackle, but if he strengthens his base, Martin could improve into a steady starter at the next level.

Martin is undersized at 6’2″, but this allows him to win more often than he loses at the point of attack. Getting leverage and underneath the blocker’s pad level sometimes puts him in a good position to release and get his arms around the ball-carrier. His best attribute may be just finding his way toward the running lane and collapsing on it, even while engaged in a block. His athleticism is marginal and he will need to improve his explosion off the line.

The combine could hurt him, but tape evaluation will keep him in the back of many GMs’ minds. Martin’s history as a wrestler helps him stay tenacious with a full-motor in the thick of the trenches.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Mike Martin is an undersized, but strong defensive tackle prospect. 6-2, but that does allow him to get good leverage. He is so strong. Powerful. Can really bull rush. Obviously, his size is an issue. But he makes up for it. Not very athletic, but his power really sets him apart. I’m not sure that he’ll do anything great, but he does a lot of things well.  I think he’s not a starter, but works well as a rotational guy who can get a push in the pocket. With Rocky Bernard likely leaving for free agency, Martin can contribute on either third downs or on running downs. Versatile player who I think, with his motor and his strength, can become a longtime player in the league.



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4 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Mike Martin”

  1. Big Daddy says:

    3 technique in a 3-4, that’s about it. A backup situational player, his body will hold him back from being anything else. Although his motor might keep him in the NFL for a long time, especially on special teams. Maybe a short yardage/goal line offensive blocker too. A good coach will find a way to use him if he makes it.

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