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When the Detroit Lions picked DT Brodric Martin in the third round (No. 96 overall) of the 2023 NFL Draft, it raised many eyebrows. Standing tall at 6-foot-5 and weighing 330 pounds, this unheralded prospect from Western Kentucky was initially viewed by the so-called experts as a developmental project at best. In fact, the consensus was he wouldn't be ready to play by Week 1 of his rookie season.
Dan Campbell sees growth in Brodric Martin
However, Lions' head coach Dan Campbell has hinted at a different trajectory for Martin. Martin's progress in the training camp has been commendable.
“We see a level of growth,” Campbell said in camp this week about Martin. “With his size, his length and his strength, you want to see if you can get him to come along a little quicker, potentially. I think that’s what it is. If we saw a player that up to this point was not growing and you’re afraid he’s going to get somebody hurt by being in there, we’re not going to do it.
“The faster he can get worked in and have to go through that, and the more early he gets trucked, or gets worked and gets moved, man, it’ll be so good for him, for any of those (first-year pros). That’s the best way to grow, is to get exposed and then learn from it.”
Martin is ready to bang heads with Kansas City Chiefs
Facing off against Pro Bowl offensive linemen like veteran center Frank Ragnow and left guard Jonah Jackson during training camp, Martin has already gained a new level of experience that will shape his rookie season.
“It was one of them (moments) where it was like, ‘Okay, I've gotta come correct, or it ain't going to look too good for me,'” Martin told reporters this week at the Lions' Allen Park practice facility.
As he told reporters, he's preparing himself to face the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in Detroit's season opener, ready to learn, improve, and not back down from any challenge.
“Definitely, just being there (in Kansas City), with those fans, with that O-line, I definitely have envisioned the whole thing, making plays,” Martin expressed. “The (fans) going to be live, and it's just going to amp me up, too. It's going to amp you up or you're going to shy from it, and I'm not the type of person to shy from it.”
- Martin was a third-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions, surprising many NFL Draft analysts.
- Despite being viewed as a developmental project, Martin's progress in training camp has been impressive.
- Martin has managed to gain some first-team reps, going up against veteran offensive linemen.
- Martin is focused on improving his skills and is eager to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Detroit's season opener.
Bottom Line – Martin's Roar Readies for Chiefs' Challenge
Brodric Martin's surprising rise from an unheralded draft prospect to a potential Week 1 contributor for the Detroit Lions signifies the power of dedication, hard work, and a learning mindset. Martin's determination to rise to the challenge, coupled with his continuous efforts to enhance his game, is a testament to his potential. As he gears up to face the Kansas City Chiefs in the season opener, he embodies the spirit of a player who refuses to back down, embracing the opportunities that come his way. This could well be the start of a promising NFL career for the young player.