Lions DT Brodric Martin clearly followed the Alim McNeill offseason plan

Teammates can be great examples, and Lions defensive tackle Brodric Martin apparently followed through on one he said he noticed.

Heading into his third season, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alim McNeill made an effort to change his physique and up his game. He greatly reduced his weight and body fat percentage, and it paid off with a breakthrough campaign last season.

Brodric Martin was healthy all season but barely played as rookie (three games, 28 defensive snaps), as could have been predicted given he was something of a developmental prospect coming out of Western Kentucky. But after the season, the young defensive tackle immediately took note of what McNeill did as he eyed his own emergence.

"It's a big transformation he made," Martin said, via, about the work McNeill put in last offseason. "Going into Year 3 it was a huge transformation for him. Obviously made him a better player. So, it's something I'm definitely going to hone in on and try to do."

Martin is a big man, at 6-foot-5 and listed at 330 pounds during his rookie season. That's never going to change. But as the Lions' ramp up OTAs this week with veterans and rookies together, the young nose tackle feels like someone worth watching.

Brodric Martin appears to have followed through on Alim McNeill offseason plan

The Lions have had some offseason workouts already, with players present at Allen Park. Martin was captured in the weight room, and now we have a side-by-side with a photo of him on the practice field as a rookie last year and a photo from last week.

Martin will certainly be asked about his offseason regimen and how much weight he has dropped this week. He is noticeably slimmer all the way around (h/t to Lions Wire for the photos of Martin's face from last year and this year).

It's one thing to say he noticed McNeill, and how offseason work paid off. But Martin backed it up with action to reshape his body this offseason, and even in a reserve role he's line to be far more impactful in Year 2.

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