2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Titans
The Baylor Bears' impressive 2011 season isn't only spearheaded by quarterback Robert Griffin III, wide receiver Kendall Wright could have a bright future ahead of him in the NFL. An undersized talent with legit speed and burst with a great set of hands, Wright has the athleticism to be a starter or slot wideout. He needs to continue working on the small details of his game, but has a great foundation to build upon.
As a route runner, Wright needs to be more crisp and precise in and out of his breaks. When the ball comes his way, he finds it quickly and can snatch it out of the air without relying on securing it against his body. Wright can get separation with his speed or create space down the field. Because of his size, he'll need to work on his ability to get off the line against press coverage, but that's not to say he doesn't like contact. In the open field, he'll occasionally take on defenders head-on when the opportunity presents itself.
At the next level (as long as he continues to progress as a route runner), Wright has some serious potential for teams that aren't afraid to utilize shorter receivers down the field. His short area burst can cause a ton of problems for... [Read More
While the suspended players on North Carolina's 2010 defense garnered most of the headlines, Brown emerged from a host of backups to be the leader of the bunch. The linebacker had been overshadowed by star players like Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant, but he made a name for himself by finishing second on the 2010 team with 72 tackles despite starting only five games. As a senior in 2011, Brown led the team with 62 solo tackles and 105 total tackles. He was also tops with three interceptions, three forced fumbles, and seven passes defensed. Brown was second in both tackles for loss (13.5) and sacks (5.5).
Brown has a ton of experience, having played sparingly as a freshman before starting six games at weakside linebacker in 2009. His physical assets are not particularly impressive (he stands at 6'2'' and 230 pounds), but he makes up for any size deficiencies with speed. A member of the track team, Brown set a school record in the indoor 60-meter dash last season and he has been clocked as fast as 4.40 in the 40-yard dash. That is almost unheard of quickness for a linebacker. Furthermore, he is very strong despite his relative lack of build and is a sound tackler. He will be best... [Read More
University of Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin is a very productive inside presence at defensive tackle and could rise up draft boards once all the film is evaluated. What makes Martin special is his consistent ability to get leverage in one-on-one match-ups. He doesn't have much of a career in store in a 3-4 scheme or as a nose tackle, but if he strengthens his base, Martin could improve into a steady starter at the next level.
Martin is undersized at 6'2", but this allows him to win more often than he loses at the point of attack. Getting leverage and underneath the blocker's pad level sometimes puts him in a good position to release and get his arms around the ball-carrier. His best attribute may be just finding his way toward the running lane and collapsing on it, even while engaged in a block. His athleticism is marginal and he will need to improve his explosion off the line.
The combine could hurt him, but tape evaluation will keep him in the back of many GMs' minds. Martin's history as a wrestler helps him stay tenacious with a full-motor in the thick of the trenches.
Martin has gained traction recently due to his strength and overachieving style of play. He s... [Read More
Martin has a well-rounded, do-it-all style of play that puts him all over the field. His athleticism is often on display -- playing center field as a ball hawk. He's talented enough to drop down as the eighth man in the box. Like most safeties, you don't want him in man coverage all too often, but that skill will develop as a professional.
Of the senior safeties, he's one of the best draft prospects (if not the best). He's an aggressive defender that plays downhill. He is a brutal tackler that can hit like a ton of bricks, but he'll be taught to break down and wrap up more often than not. Martin, while having a knack for making big plays, needs to do better not to give them up. Plays well in the deep half zone and has enough speed. Martin is very fluid in open spaces when he doesn't get upright and lose his bend.
The upside here is that these flaws are mental mistakes that can be coach-corrected. His burst and pursuit are both above-average. All the physical tools are there for a good, quality pro.... [Read More