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2015 NFL DRAFT

Mike Martin, DT

School: Michigan  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Redford, MI
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 306 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
8493
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 3/82 - Mike Martin, DT, 6-1, 306, Michigan...Martin could be the best value of the Titans picks. He will step in and do the dirty work that has to be done in the trenches, and already considers Lions star Ndamukong Suh a friend and mentor he wants to pattern his game after. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - New Titans defensive tackle Mike Martin, the team's third-round pick, has become friends with Ndamukong Suh, after he tweeted the Detroit Lions' star about coming to his football camp. A friendly relationship began between Suh, and the Titans third-round pick from Michigan. "I heard he was having a camp and I reached out to him and I tweeted him and he tweeted me back and he said he'd love to have me out," Martin recalled. "I got to meet and talked to him a little bit more extensively at his camp and talked to his sister Ngum and he's been sort of the guy behind the scenes that no one really knows about. I can call and he's kind of my guy who's like a mentor who is a hub of information that he is a guy who's always offered up his time to talk to me, and that's a big help." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - They did it in a roundabout way, but the Tennessee Titans managed to address most of their needs in the draft. Cornerback and defensive end were considered two of the Titans' biggest needs. Tennessee managed to fill those spots, but not as early as many thought. The Titans picked up a cornerback in the fourth round, taking Coty Sensabaugh of Clemson, but did not address end until round seven with Scott Solomon of Rice. The first-round pick added to an already solid wide receiver corps as they selected Kendall Wright of Baylor with the 20th overall pick. The Titans hope Wright can add an explosive element to the offense on both short and deep balls. BEST PICK: Defensive tackle Mike Martin: The Titans were plenty pleased to find Martin, a defensive tackle, still on the board at pick No. 82. The former Michigan captain is the type of blue-collar player who make the often unnoticed plays that lead to wins. Martin will play some nose tackle and eventually learn the three technique and should find a spot in the d-line rotation very quickly. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - DT Mike Martin, Michigan -- A bowling ball of butcher knives to block, Martin is all energy and effort. Alongside Karl Klug, a top rookie from Iowa last season, the Titans will get very good push up the middle.

04/19/2012 - LITTLE BIG MEN: THE BEST UNDERSIZED PLAYERS IN THIS YEAR'S DRAFT: Mike Martin, DT, Michigan: Martin measured out at 6-1, 306 pounds and is the fifth-shortest defensive lineman in the draft. I watched him for a week at the Senior Bowl, interviewed him twice and watched a number of game tapes. Martin is a one gap penetrating nose tackle with a wrestling background and it shows up when you study him. I have heard people say he lacks strength. 36 reps on the bench, a nonstop motor, a refuse-to-lose mentality and technique. Some say he doesn't have pass-rush skills, but then how does he have more sacks than Dontari Poe, Michael Brokers, and Josh Chapman combined? He's a football player! - Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com

03/16/2012 - Michigan Pro Day: Defensive tackle Mike Martin, center David Molk and receiver Junior Hemingway decided to rest on their numbers from the NFL Combine. Tight end Kevin Koger, who was snubbed from last month's Combine, had 21 reps on the bench, but was unable to work out due to a hamstring injury. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/13/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DOWN DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Mike Martin, Michigan, DT, 6-1, 306, 2-3...After watching him at the combine, some scouts certainly repeated this big boy's initials a few times, as in MMMMM, good! He validated his impressive play on the field with tangible data: A 33.5-inch vertical jump to quantify his explosion; 36 reps with 225 pounds on the bench to demonstrate his arm strength; and an unofficial 40 time of 4.88 seconds, meaning it will be difficult to escape being mauled by all that power. Martin showed his competitive intensity at Detroit Catholic Central High School when he won the state wrestling championship as a junior, his first year in wrestling, and then broke T.J. Duckett's shot putt record while winning another state championship. Martin is short, thick, compact and plays like a high-rev tank. He explodes off the line like, ah, a shot-putter who can vertical jump 33?? inches, which means instant trouble for blockers. He then uses those strong hands (see bench press) and quick feet (see 40 time) to make life miserable for an offense until the whistle. Even at the next level he will be a load to handle one-on-one. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/29/2012 - On the subject of nose tackles, there is a dearth of prospects at the position, and this year's draft doesn't appear to be much different. With the switches anticipated by some teams, there likely will be only 11 franchises using the 3-4 as a "base" front in 2012, but as many as five or six of them need nose tackles. Part of the need will be filled in free agency, with a very good veteran like Sione Pouha of the Jets expected to change teams. But clubs still need to draft young nose tackles, and, if Poe is taken by a 4-3 club, some teams could be scrambling. Of the four players labeled as nose tackles at the combine, two of them, USC Christian Tupou (289 pounds) and Kheeston Randall of Texas (293), might not have the kind of bulk teams are seeking at the position. The other two nose tackle candidates in Indy, Michigan's Mike Martin and Josh Chapman of Alabama, checked in at 306 and 316, respectively. Martin, who also had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, may have established himself as the best "pure" nose tackle in the pool. Perhaps the surest bet, though, is Alameda Ta'amu of Washington, who like Poe was listed as a defensive tackle, but who has the size (6-3, 348), bulk, and demeanor to project as a nose tackle. There is only one 3-4 team in the top 10 of the first round -- Washington at No. 6, and the Redskins have bigger priorities -- but there are five in the top half of the stanza. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/22/2012 - TOP 10 BEST BETS TO PUT ON COMBINE FREAK SHOW: Mike Martin, Michigan, DT: The former standout high school wrestler and shot putter has talked recently about besting Stephen Paea's 49 reps of 225 in the bench in Indy. Given Martin's rep in the weight room, it wouldn't be a shock if he did. Going into last season, he'd already put up impressive marks of benching 505, squatting over 700, power cleaning 430, hang cleaning 475 and run the 40 in the 4.9s. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

01/29/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL STANDOUTS: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State: While Martin wasn't able to break free for the splashy plays that his North teammate Pead did, it was the former Bronco running back who was the best running back in Mobile throughout the week of practice and he followed that up with an impressive game. Martin showed good burst to and through the hole, as well as the vision and acceleration to gain yardage in chunks as a running back and kick returner. Having impressed scouts with his obvious dedication to the weight room by sporting a chiseled physique during Monday's weigh-in, Martin showcased that his attention to details isn't just limited to lifting weights. He provided excellent effort blocking downfield on a 41-yard touchdown catch by Robinson. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL TUESDAY: Over the last four seasons, Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin and Ohio State center Mike Brewster played on opposite sides in possibly the greatest rivalry in college football. However, this week the defensive tackle from "the school up north" and the center from "Ohio" are playing for the same team, representing the North squad in the Senior Bowl. And while they'll wear the same uniforms this Saturday against the South team, that hasn't stopped these two from going at it once again in practice drills. At 6-1, Martin is undersized height-wise, but he has a thick, compact build on his wrestler's frame. He fires off the snap with a relentless attitude and uses his low pad level and violent hands to tear through blockers. Matched up against the 6-4 tall Brewster in one-on-one drills, Martin has done a nice job staying low to the ground and using his aggressive nature to rip past the Ohio State center. Brewster is technically-sound and uses body positioning to his advantage, but the former Buckeye pivot has struggled to keep Martin at bay through two practices. Regardless of who got the better of whom, this match-up is about two competitors giving it all they got for the NFL scouts and decision-makers in attendance. "He's one of my best competitors," said Brewster after practice on Tuesday. "If I'm not trying to kill him, then he's trying to kill me. I know what he's all about, he knows what I'm all about. I know he's going all out, I'm going all out, let the best man win." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL TUESDAY: With Penn State's Devon Still - NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior defensive tackle - out of the Senior Bowl due to a sprained toe scouts were curious to see which of the remaining interior defensive linemen would be able to step up their play. Based on Tuesday's North practice, Connecticut's Kendall Reyes and Michigan's Mike Martin are taking full advantage of the opportunity. Martin is a virtual bowling ball of muscle at a rocked 6-1, 307 pounds. He was able to consistently knock centers back onto their heels with his leg drive and surprisingly long arms. Though he nearly three inches shorter than Reyes, Martin's arms (31 3/4) are less than an inch shorter than Reyes' (32 5/8), who has the longest arms of any of the North's defensive tackles. Martin's long arms allow him to keep his opponents from grasping a firm hold of him. With good lateral agility, power and a relentless motor, Martin got the better of Ohio State's Michael Brewster, a possible top 100 pick, on numerous occasions. Not surprisingly, Martin was even more effective when locking horns with Zeitler (who saw some time at center) and Wake Forest's Joe Looney, who was an injury replacement Tuesday for Arizona State's Garth Gerhart. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/03/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Mike Martin was a second-team All-Big Ten pick while setting career highs with 54 tackles and three sacks, while adding six tackles for loss. Martin is a force that demands double-teams, all while he has helped the Wolverines rank first in the Big Ten against the run. - The Sports Xchange

01/03/2012 - Scouting the Michigan run defense: The biggest improvements Michigan has made came on this side of the ball where a very porous defense from the past few seasons morphed in the best in the Big Ten against the run, allowing just 115.6 rushing yards per game in conference play. The play of DT Mike Martin inside has forced the opposition to tweak its game plans, and Virginia Tech will be faced with that same quandary. A strong linebacker corps does a good job of cleaning up behind Martin. - The Sports Xchange

08/15/2011 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: The Michigan defense holds the key to the fate of this team. The Wolverines were beyond porous last season, allowing about 35 points and 450 yards per game. A tremendous amount of attention has been paid to making a major upgrade on this side of the ball. Michigan has abandoned the 3-3-5 defense instituted under Rich Rodriguez and gone with a more conventional 4-3 alignment under new defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. - The Sports Xchange

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Mike Martin, DT, Michigan, (2nd team All-Big 10, six TFLs in 2010), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Mike Martin, Michigan, DT, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Martin earned 2010 All-Big Ten distinction - second team by the coaches and honorable mention by the media. - Michigan football

07/11/2011 - 2011 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Mike Martin, Michigan, DT, has been selected one of 65 players named to Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Outland Trophy goes to the best interior lineman in college football, presented annually since 1946 and is the third oldest award in major college football. Martin earned 2010 All-Big Ten distinction - second team by the coaches and honorable mention by the media. - Michigan football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Mike Martin, Michigan, DT, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. In addition to Martin, 64 players are on the preseason watch list for the 17th annual Bednarik Award, which recognizes the nation's outstanding defensive player. He is one of seven Big Ten players named to the list. Martin earned 2010 All-Big Ten distinction - second team by the coaches and honorable mention by the media. - Michigan football

 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 3/82 - Mike Martin, DT, 6-1, 306, Michigan...Martin could be the best value of the Titans picks. He will step in and do the dirty work that has to be done in the trenches, and already considers Lions star Ndamukong Suh a friend and mentor he wants to pattern his game after. - The Sports Xchange

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