3. Blake Martinez
Blake Martinez had a bit of a coming out party during his second season as a pro and should be able to carry that momentum into 2018. After having a very up and down season, he’s now locked himself solidly into the starting spot as the top inside linebacker.
Martinez played all 16 games last season and recorded 94 tackles and was always around the ball. That number should rise this season, as he’s one year improved and the defensive line should be able to take on more blockers.
The downfall of Martinez’ game so far has been the lack of game-changing plays. In 29 career games, he has only mounted two sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. If he wants to take another leap forward and make his first Pro Bowl, he needs to come up with a bunch more game-altering plays in those categories.