Tennessee Titans Select Defensive Tackle Mike Martin in the Third Round of the 2012 NFL Draft

By Stephanie Umek

Another need down in the Titans books. A defensive tackle was desperately needed in Nashville. Coming from Michigan, and one of the most competitive conferences in the country you know this guy is going to be able to come into the team and know how to make a difference.

Last year though Mike Martin retrieved no interceptions or forced any fumbles, he had 54 tackles and is sure to bring the pressure when the Titans need it most especially against offenses like Houston’s. He’s decently sized at 6’1” and 306 pounds. He is 10th in his position and 75th overall in the NFL Draft.

He’s scouted to be one of the toughest guys in the draft he fights to get off the block and is excellent at the pass rush. Double teams don’t seem to be a problem and that’s a good thing. His first step quickness also ranked high in the combine. Had great upper body strength and that will prove effect for the Titans.

I’m glad Tennessee finally made a move in the defensive back positioning. Losing a lot of players over the off-season is huge when a time like this comes and the only way to make up for it is going to be replacing them. Though it hurts to see some go, the only way to get over it is to move on. A Cornerback in the next round would be ideal to the Titans. A nice building block to the defense that they want to be.


Titans official release provided by Titansonline.com and  Teresa M. Walker-The Associated Press

The Tennessee Titans have made tackle Mike Martin of Michigan their first defensive lineman selected in the 2012 NFL draft at No. 82 overall in the third round. The 6-foot-1, 306-pound Martin had 172 career tackles with 10 sacks and 25 tackles for loss in 49 games at Michigan. He ranked among the best tackles in drills at the NFL combine in February as he posted the third-best vertical jump and tied for the best broad jump. Only Dontari Poe, a first-round pick by Kansas City, did better than his 36 reps on the bench press. The Titans need help on the defensive line to boost a pass rush that managed only 28 sacks in 2011. They also need help against the run after ranking 24th in the league.

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