How about you improve your snapcount first
At the very least, he needs to be a notable player in 2024. You don’t give up multiple picks for a guy who barely plays.
" Even before his rookie season, Martin acknowledged his pad level and playing strength needed to improve."
At least he and I agree on what he needs to work on!
Being on the active roster for the games would be a good first step.
Lot of snaps open at NT with Buggs & Bohanna gone & Alulau not likely to be back
He was always a project pick. Looking forward to see what he brings in 2024.
I have faith in Brad! This guy will be a good player this year, & a stone cold killer next.
The staff said straight out of the gate that he was a project.
They see intangibles and a guy that can be coached.
If he can have a “Mac” type off-season, he could be a real beast.
His pad level issues are because of his weight. If the training staff can help him lose 50 pounds, that problem will be fixed.
50? Lose 25 lbs. of girth and turn the rest into man strength muscle.
I’m super high on Big BM going into next year.
I think a full offseason of NFL-caliber nutritionists, strength & conditioning advisors, and technique coaching will put him significantly ahead of where he currently is.
I expect his snap count to go way up next year.
If I had to predict, I would bet the first half or 2/3 of the season will be mediocre, with the light bulb coming on later in the season with experience.
Playing NT in the NFL is a man’s job. Let’s allow the kid to grow a few whiskers before writing him off.
I didn’t realize until now that Brodric was from The Simpsons. This totally explains the slow acclimation process.
I had very little expectations for him. I think he would fill the run stuffer role, but Benito Jones was better than expected.
He has a high motor, freakishly long arms with a massive frame, and has sneaky good athleticism for his size. Sure he is a dart throw, but there are traits that can’t be taught with a high motor.
Brad has shown time and time again he has an eye for talent and this staff has done a very good job of developing talent. I’d say there is a much higher likelihood of him being a solid contributor than otherwise.
…& the Lions are hitting on other levels too
The way we develop talent allows us to take skilled players who may be projects and develop them. It’s part of why I believe in both Bro-Mart and Hook. Wait’ll we see what Barnes evolves into… Iffy… etc
Our medical staff appears to be dramatically improved also → possible better evaluation of &/or more confidence in taking an injured player because of reduced recovery time?
Martin was drafted knowing what he brought to the table would take a few years to develop. The GM (Brad Holmes) literally said that he couldn’t contribute in Year 1, but hold tight.
Martin is the Iffy/Barnes of that draft.