2012 NFL Draft: Michigan's Mike Martin Would Be Good Late Pick for Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions should select a defensive tackle late (6-7th round) in the 2012 NFL Draft. With Ndamukong Suh destroying quarterbacks from one side of center. The next priority should be filling in the gap on the line next to him. They would also benefit greatly from developing some run-stop abilities.
The Lions defense limited opponents to 2,050 rushing yards in 2011. That is a respectable number, but there is always room for improvement.
That is where Michigan's Mike Martin comes in. He is a tenacious attacker. His specialty is occupying multiple offensive linemen. This leaves the ends and linebackers free to stop the run. He also managed to get to the quarterback six times during his Michigan career. Along with Suh, he could form a pretty fierce pass-rush.
Additionally, Martin is extremely committed to training, conditioning and practice. As a Wolverine, he maintained the strictest workout regimen and diet. He is committed to himself, his teammates and their collective success.
I think Martin could be a draft surprise. He is not really on the radar. With names like Brockers, Poe, Still and Worthy on everyone's minds, Martin seems to be an afterthought. He will be unfairly overlooked by other teams. Detroit will have a unique opportunity to steal a talented player at DT and fill a gap in their defensive line.
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