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Martin Ifedi is a lesser-known defensive line prospect who is near the top of the NCAA in sacks. Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images.
Martin Ifedi is a lesser-known defensive line prospect who is near the top of the NCAA in sacks. Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images.

For those familiar with Football.com, this is not the first you are hearing of Martin Ifedi as he was featured in the preseason as a player to watch. For those not familiar with Ifedi, let this serve as your notice. Ifedi has blossomed into an elite pass-rushing option, totaling 5.5 sacks and 9.0 tackles for loss in just three games for the Tigers. This coming off a 7.5-sack season last year in his first season as a starter. He has an explosive first step and great hand strike. Ifedi also is starting to develop pass rush moves that allow him to use his speed off the line to get past bigger offensive tackles, as he is a little undersized at only 265 pounds.

As Ifedi continues to grow as a pass rusher, his celing is extremely high. He remains a player to watch going forward in the 2013 season and if he decides to declare for the 2014 NFL draft.