"Loyalty to any one sports team is pretty hard to justify, because the players are always changing; the team could move to another city. You're actually rooting for the clothes when you get right down to it." -- Jerry Seinfeld
I'm just like Andy Reid in ignoring LBs until the middle rounds. To me, LBs have gone off the board earlier than they should in these mocks and I refuse to reach. Took Mitchell Schwartz in Round 3. I was eyeing Mike Martin but the Steelers grabbed him. I don't see Martin as a fit for a two-gap 3-4 but to each his own. Value wise, Brandon Weeden was the best guy on the board but it doesn't make that much sense to take a 28-year old QB to groom behind your 31 year old QB. You can never have too many good OL and while the Eagles filled their immediate short-term concern at OT by signing Demetress Bell that contract is only guaranteed for 1 year and depending on Peters' recovery from his achilles tendon tear and how Bell performs, the Eagles would do well to have a quality OT on board for at least 4 years.
I still think that there's good players left on the board, but I'm praying that the Packers sit tight in the 1st round, draft the best front 7 player and then trade up for another (hopefully) elite player in the 2nd round. Ideally, he'd be either another front 7 guy or one of the top running backs. Quality over quantity early and then stockpile players in the middle and late rounds.
I don't see Martin as a fit for a two-gap 3-4 but to each his own.
In my estimation, Martin is basically going to be a zero tech NG for whoever drafts him, or he's going to fail. His most redeeming qualities are strength, a heavy anchor and balls.
I think he either makes it as a two down, run killing nose or he probably doesn't make it. He's not really enough of a penetrator to to make much noise in a forty front. As a nose he won't be asked to do that anyway.
All that said, in this scenario I wouldn't expect Martin to do much more than replace Chris Hoke. Anything above that is a bonus. I took a gamble in the second when I passed on Josh Chapman for Silatolu that Chapman's knee would keep him tumbling. Didn't pan and Martin was my "safety."
I would have liked to find someone who projected to an eventual starter on the nose in this draft, but it's round three. If Martin can become a rotational player quickly that should allow Pittsburgh to use he and McClenon bridge from Hampton to the next starter.
Last edited by ThinMan; 04-09-2012 at 01:34 AM.
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Was very surprised and pleased to see Jones still sitting there at that pick...I had strongly considered him at 62. It's really not that huge a need right now...Connolly is pretty solid and Ryan Wendell and Nick McDonald have proven capable when called upon. But it was too good a value, and figuring that Waters retires after this season this means they could groom Jones for a year and then kick Connolly over to RG next year.