Name: Zack Martin | Position: Offensive Tackle/Guard | College: Notre Dame
Height/Weight: 6-4/308 | Age: 23
Honors: Martin was named a team captain his final two seasons and helped pave the way as the starting left tackle for the Irish to reach the BCS national championship game in 2012. He was named the MVP of the Pinstripe Bowl in 2013 and was on the Lombardi Award Watch List and Outland Trophy Watch List beginning all the way back in 2011.
Key stat: The Notre Dame lineman started all 52 games from 2010 to 2013, primarily as the left tackle, setting a new team record among offensive linemen. Despite his stability on the left side of the line for the Irish, some believe he still has the ability to bump inside at the next level.
How He Helps the Cowboys: While the focus heading into this draft and free agency will undoubtedly be on the other side of the line, the Cowboys could still use some help and depth on the inside of their offensive line. The upside with Martin is he has the flexibility to be used inside or outside. If the Cowboys want him to play guard, they can utilize him there until they believe he’s ready to take on the best pass rushers in the game as an offensive tackle.
Scout’s Take: I had not had much exposure of Zack Martin before he showed up at the Senior Bowl but by the time I had left Mobile, I knew he was a player that was going to be on my radar. At 6-4, 308 pounds, he is a square built player that when you watch him move, he is effortless. There is little wasted motion in his run blocking as he comes off the line and gets into his man. He is a flat back player that when he gets his hands inside and begins to push can get some movement. Easy on the cut off or reach blocks. Doesn’t play like those traditional Notre Dame offensive linemen that are heavy footed and struggle to get into position on their blocks and finish. It was rare to see him off his feet. When he gets his hands on the defender, he can maintain his sustain. Initially quick on his pass set and adjustment, don’t see him overextended or reaching for his man. His feet and hands work very well together. There is power in his punch and shock when he delivers the blow. Doesn’t look uncomfortable at all when the rusher tries to take him up the field. Will kick for width, punch, then sit down. Able to mirror and adjust easily. Played left tackle at Notre Dame and from what I have seen from his work at the Senior Bowl and on tape, that would not be a stretch in the NFL. For the Cowboys, I would project him to play guard initially, then move to right tackle in time. At guard in the Senior Bowl, he received plenty of work against Aaron Donald and fought him to a draw where no guard could handle him during the practices. At the Combine, Martin even referenced what a battle it was to work against Donald and what he gained from that experience. Depending on what direction this draft goes, it would not be hard for me at all to consider him for the 16th selection for this team because of all the traits he has. – Bryan Broaddus
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Dallas Cowboys select Notre Dame OG/OT Zack Martin with No. 16 overall pick
Jerry Jones passes on Johnny Manziel and help for his beleaguered defense, instead adding a versatile piece to an already solid offensive line. Martin (6-foot-4, 308) made a school-record 52 starts for the Irish, two at right tackle and the rest on the blind side. He was the only lineman capable of blocking Aaron Donald at January’s Senior Bowl. Martin is a short-armed (32 7/8″) prospect best suited to the right side or guard in the pros, but offers plus movement skills (28-inch vertical, 8-foot-10 broad jump) and is technically sound, bending naturally at the knees. Even with a forthcoming position switch, he’s as pro-ready as college linemen get. May 8 – 9:55 PM | RotoWorld/NBC Sports
Zack Martin could go in top 10 of 2014 NFL Draft
Notre Dame offensive linemen Zack Martin will be off the board earlier than most think.
I had a bunch of scouts tell me before the Senior Bowl that he’d never get into the first round. Now they’re talking about him in the top 10.
Martin (6-foot-4, 308 pounds) has risen steadily throughout the draft process since leaving South Bend and is well regarded for having the versatility to play inside as a guard or outside as a left or right tackle. Martin’s height and arm length have many thinking he’s best suited to be a right tackle or guard in the NFL.
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Martin can be a solid left tackle has Pro Bowl upside as a guard.
There’s going to be three offensive tackles off the board quickly. Zack Martin is going to be gone in the first 13 picks. I think four offensive tackles will be gone in the top 13, maybe the top 10.
Last year, a record number of offensive linemen were taken in the first round and three tackles cracked the top 10. If the 2014 NFL Draft wants to top that success among the big boys up front, it probably comes down to whether a team agrees and picks Martin within first 10 picks. | NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock (Watch Video | Draft profile Video)
Martin lined up at both guard and tackle at the Senior Bowl and routinely stymied the competition with quickness, power and overall technique.
Though Martin lacks the prototypical size of a modern NFL tackle, he has exhibited impressive technique and better-than-average strength, and after a strong Senior Bowl showing, many scouts believe he could not only play on the outside at the next level, but could do so very well.
Although all 39 of his college starts were at tackle, teams are looking at Martin mostly as a guard. He is short for a left tackle and perhaps not powerful enough for a right tackle. Regardless, he is a team leader who made a case for himself at tackle with a good showing in the Senior Bowl workouts. Frankly: Picking a position for him to play is the only issue. This smart, aware, two-time team captain with the most career games in Notre Dame history (52) can certainly play somewhere.
STRENGTHS: Very good at keeping his feet underneath him while keeping his butt low to handle both speed and power. He does play with good quickness (but not explosiveness) off the snap, showing knee bend and core strength to anchor, as well as the lateral agility to mirror more athletic defenders.
He also shows better athleticism than you might think when blocking on the move, demonstrating above average straight-line speed to get to the second level, as well as the nastiness to bury his target into the ground.
WEAKNESSES: With less than ideal length and lateral range, Martin’s NFL future may lie inside at guard. The move to guard is necessary because Martin does not possess great arm length. He chucks his way back (rather than sliding) for an effective if not aesthetically-pleasing form of pass protection.
COMPARIES TO: Logan Mankins, OG, New England Patriots – Mankins has been one of the NFL’s most valuable offensive linemen since being selected by New England in the first round of the 2005 draft, and has anchored the Patriots’ front line with top-notch instincts, toughness and versatility despite lacking elite athleticism. Martin exhibits many of the same traits, and should draw early first-round consideration. | Rob Rang and Derek Stephens | NFL Draft Scout/CBS Sports