NFL Draft Profile – DT Mike Martin



Michael Brendan Martin

Born – September 1, 1990 in Detroit, Michigan.

Family – Parents are Theresa and Barry. His mother and father have never married, but they are both in his life on an everyday basis. Both parents work at the Detroit Medical Center. His mother is a nurse and his father works in plant operations.


  • Height – 6-feet, 1¼ -inch.
  • Weight – 306 pounds.
  • Arm length – 32 ¼ inches.
  • Hand size – 9 1/8 inches.
  • Wing span – 78 1/8 inches.


  • 40-yard dash – 4.88 seconds.
  • Bench press – 36 reps at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 33 ½ inches
  • Broad jump – 9-feet, 5 inches.
  • 3-cone drill – 7.19 seconds.
  • 20-yard shuttle – 4.25 seconds.


Redford Township is in Wayne County Michigan, and is a suburb of Detroit. It’s northwest of downtown Detroit with a population of approximately 48,000. It’s named after the French fur traders who would cross the River Rouge which runs through the township.


Martin was a member of the 2008 graduating class of Detroit Catholic Central High School, a private, all-male college preparatory school with over 1,000 students on a 60-acre campus in Novi, Michigan, northwest of downtown Detroit. He competed for the Shamrocks in football, wrestling and track and field.


He played for head coach Tom Mach and was a three-year starter at defensive tackle, finishing his career with 206.5 tackles, 14.5 sacks and four fumbles recovered.

2007 – He had 96 tackles, 36 TFL and 6 sacks. Martin was named to the Associated Press All-State first team defense in Michigan. He was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Michigan for the 2007 season. The Shamrocks went 10-3 on the season.

2006 – In this junior season, DCC finished with a 4-5 record and Miller had 75 total tackles and eight sacks.

2005 – Miller contributed 35.5 tackles and half-a sack for the Shamrocks in his first season as a starter, as Catholic Central finished with a 7-4 record.


Miller was a two-time Division 1 championship (2007-08) at 285 pounds. In his junior year, he defeated Port Huron’s Aaron Robinson for the title, finishing 44-10 on the season. In his senior season, he defeated Harland’s D.J. Charneski to win the state title with a 42-1 record.

Track and Field

Miller was a two-time shot put champion on the Division 1 level (2007-08), including a senior championship throw of 63-feet, 9 inches with the 12-pound shot. That was just three inches short of the state record, set by former NFL running back T.J. Duckett


He was ranked as the No. 7 defensive tackle and a 4-star recruit by He was the No. 12 best defensive tackle and 4-star recruit by

Martin committed to Michigan in his junior year of high school. But when Lloyd Carr announced his resignation as Wolverines coach, Martin revoked his verbal commitment. From that point, he was heavily recruited by many schools, but quite heavily by Notre Dame and Michigan State. Still he renewed his commitment and signed with Michigan in January 2008.


Enrolled in College of Literature, Science and the arts, majoring in general studies.

Martin won four letters during his time in Ann Arbor, playing in 49 games and starting 37 and 16 consecutively at nose tackle.

2011 – Voted season captain by his teammates and was All-Big 10 second team. He started all 13 games at nose tackle and was the team’s fourth leading tackler with 64. Martin was part of the Michigan team that won the Sugar Bowl.

2010 – Prior to the season he underwent surgery to repair a shoulder injury He was selected by as one of Michigan’s two weigh- room warriors as he had a 505-pound bench press. He was named second-team All-Big 10 and won Michigan’s Richard Katcher Award as the program’s top defensive lineman. He started 12 games on the nose including the Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi.

2009 – Martin was the starting nose tackle in all 12 games and earned the Richard Katcher Award as Michigan’s top defensive lineman. He finished with 51 total tackles and 2 sacks.

2008 – Earned freshman All-America honors and led Michigan’s freshman with 20 tackles.

















































*-2011 (Sugar Bowl); 2010 (Gator Bowl).


Highlights Neb-Michigan in 2011 –

(Martin wearing No. 68. Highlights include offense as well as defense.)

Interview during spring football –


Strengths – He has a thick compact build and he’s able to keep his pad level low. With his relentless attitude and use of hands, he can get the leverage advantage on blockers. He also has long arms that can keep blockers from getting inside to his chest where they can hold. He’s great at penetrating , something that isn’t always asked of 3-4 nose tackles, who are asked to hold their ground and take up two blockers to free up the inside LBs. Martin has very good balance and good quickness in a small area. He will make plays up and down the line of scrimmage, especially with his high motor.

Weaknesses – As a pass rusher, he’s just developing and lacks a second move, or countermoves. He’s very hard to handle with a bull rush. Whether or not Martin can add weight to his body is what’s going to define whether he can play nose tackle, or be better suited to the 4-3 and play inside or outside. There were times on tape where he did the job getting away from a double-team block, but ended up leaving a big hole in the defensive front by doing so.

Analysis – At a position where it’s hard to find the perfect 3-4 nose tackle in body type and temperament, Martin gets pretty darn close. He’s got a great attitude and non-stop motor and that makes him attractive in just about any defensive scheme. His athletic skills create the potential for a nice upside for Martin.

What the scouts said

An AFC scout – “I’m torn on him. He’s really not a nose tackle, although he’s played more snaps there than anywhere else. But he’s more of a north-south guy, rather than a guy who could hold the spot on a double team. The way that Romeo Crennel plays his nose in that two-gap style, Martin can’t do that.”

An NFC scout – “He’s a good athlete, with quick feet and hands. That will help him stay in the league for a long time, but he’s nothing special as a player. His body is pretty much what it is, and I don’t think he’s going to be able to add weight and keep his other skills; he’s not a nose tackle.”

What Mike Martin said

“At nose tackle, you don’t get a lot of chances to get free and get a 1-on-1. Coach talks about hitting the rock and when the rock breaks, it’s not the hit that made it break, it’s the 99 prior hits that made it break.”

“It’s leverage; it’s getting under a guy, just knowing if a guy is on his heels or toes on the line, you’re able to feel if he’s on his base or not. In wrestling, that’s a big aspect of it, because you’ve got to be able to feel the different motions of a guy.”

“I’m not much of a talker, a rah-rah guy. I just go out there and play hard.”

What others say about Mike Martin

“I’d hate to be the man in front of him in whatever he does. Because the guy believes in himself and he has no fear. When you see an athlete has no fear, he can just go through you. How many times do you see him going, and they have to, three people on him. He’s tenacious. When you get that mindset, it’s unbelievable what you can do.” Detroit Catholic Central wrestling coach Mike Rodriquez.

“In his mindset he wanted to be something special. In anything he does, he wants to succeed and to excel. In order to do that he understands how hard he has to work.” Rodriquez again.

“Mike Martin is just an animal out there. He’s the strongest person I’ve ever seen in the weight room. It’s really showing on the field. He’s taking on double teams and beating them.” Michigan LB Craig Roh.

Does Mike Martin fit with the Chiefs?

No. That doesn’t mean he couldn’t contribute on the defensive line, but Martin is not a nose tackle and that’s what the Chiefs need. He’s more of a 4-3 defensive tackle. He does not fit.

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