Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin - NFLDraftScout.com's No. 14 overall rated prospect for the 2012 draft - appears to have gotten over the food poisoning or flu-like symptoms he had experienced in his final days at Athletes Performance and will be doing the positional drills today at the Combine.
"I just can't sit there and watch [the positional drills]. That's not me," Martin said.
Feeling less than himself, Martin had initially told the media and 20+ teams he's interviewed with this week that he would not be doing any athletic drills. However, after starting to feel better yesterday and wanting to show scouts that his competitive streak, the Stanford product decided this morning that he would take advantage of the audience and perform.
Having taken the past several days off of his normal training regimen for the 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and the battery of other athletic tests due to his illness, Martin will not be performing in these drills Sunday.
Instead, he'll be waiting to finish that portion of his workout at Stanford's March 22 Pro Day. That workout could be the most heavily attended Pro Day of the year. Not only will scouts want to see Martin perform these timed and measured athletic drills, quarterback Andrew Luck is saving his throwing session for the Pro Day. Tight end Coby Fleener, a potential first round pick, who wasn't able to participate this week due to a high ankle sprain suffered in the Fiesta Bowl and NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated guard, David DeCastro, are the primary members of a strong Stanford class that could force representatives from every NFL team to attend the workout in Palo Alto.
Martin is our third-rated offensive tackle of the draft behind Southern Cal's Matt Kalil and Iowa's Riley Reiff. Each are expected to be among the first 20 picks of the draft and some believe each could contend for top 10 honors. Martin is viewed by some as more athletic than either Kalil or Reiff and therefore is getting higher grades based on his upside from some clubs. There is considered to be a steep drop-off at left tackle following these three junior prospects.