May 11, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive end Mike Martin (67) works out against the dummies during minicamp at the Titans training facility at Baptist Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
Rob Rang is one of the best draft analysts out there. He is doing a series called "Finding the Fits" over at CBS Sports, and today he featured the Tennessee Titans and Mike Martin. One of Rang's main points is how bad the Titans were on third down last year against the run. I knew they were bad, but I did not realize that they allowed 52 runs up the middle for first downs on third down last year. That was the worst in the league.Rang, like the everyone at Baptist Sports Park, says that Martin will be successful in part due to his career as a wrestler:
Martin is a high-effort run-defender whose use of leverage and explosive strength due to his championship credentials as a prep wrestler and shot putter, make him all the more effective than his size would indicate. If the Titans are to earn a playoff spot in 2012, they'll have to improve against the running game.
Martin, while not necessarily as physically imposing as several of the defensive tackles drafted ahead of him, will help them do them do just that.
The defensive tackle battle is going to be an interesting one to watch in camp. They added Shaun Smith in free agency last year with the idea of him being the big body in the middle that would stuff the run. That obviously did not work out the way they had hoped. Smith is going to need a good camp to make this roster.
Sen'Derrick Marks is another guy who should be on notice. He was one of the Jeff Fisher upside picks that has yet to reach said upside. My guess is that there is not enough room on the roster for both Marks and Smith.