Tennessee Titans officials talked at length about Mike Martin’s quick first step when they drafted the defensive tackle in the third round of last month’s draft.
He also was quick to get his foot in the door.
Martin became the second member the Titans’ 2012 draft class to sign a contract when he put his name to a multi-year deal Wednesday. He followed only cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, the fourth-round pick, in making the start of his professional career official.
“I’m a guy who’s not going to stop,” he said shortly after being selected. “I’m a guy that the whistle is going to have to be blown three or four times for me to stop on the play. … I just want to be that guy who can prove that he has that motor in the NFL. I feel like that is what I relied on in college. When guys would quit on a play or just decided not to finish, I was going to finish and I was going to make a play because of that.”
Martin (6-foot-1, 306 pounds) was a three-year starter at Michigan, which played both 4-3 and a 3-4 front during his time there. He had at least two sacks and four and half tackles for losses every year of his college career and twice earned second-team All-Big Ten honors.
He is the third defensive tackle in four years drafted by Tennessee within the first three rounds. Jurrell Casey, a third-round pick in 2011, started all but one game last season as a rookie. Sen’Derrick Marks was a second-round selection in 2009.
“I knew that [the Titans] liked me a lot, and whatever happened was going to happen,” Martin said. “It doesn’t matter where you start, it matters where you finish. I could have been undrafted, and whatever team I was going to I was going to play well at. I know that for a fact.”