Former Columbia defensive end Josh Martin, CC ’13, didn’t have his name called in the 2013 NFL Draft, despite a stellar senior season in 2012. But teams noticed his hard work during the preseason, and it paid off when the Kansas City Chiefs announced on Saturday that Martin had made their 53-man roster.
Listed as a hybrid linebacker and defensive end, Martin played in all four preseason games, amassing six tackles in the process. His pass-rushing ability especially stood out against Green Bay on Thursday, when he recorded a strip-sack of quarterback Vince Young and recovered the fumble.
“He earned the spot,” Kansas City head coach Andy Reid told the Kansas City Star. “He was a great player at Columbia, and he comes in and he just kind of carried that over here. He’s big, he’s fast, he’s strong—made plays. He was able to cover and he’s got some pass-rush ability, which is important.”
Should he appear for the Chiefs, Martin will be the first former Lion to play in an NFL game since defensive back Steve Cargile, CC ’04, who last suited up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009.