Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:12 am
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.
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:34 pm
Stanford left tackle Jonathan Martin is expected to wait until his March 22 Pro Day to work out for scouts rather than compete at the 2012 Scouting Combine.
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:44 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 3:02 pm
NFL scouts will get the opportunity to see Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, who most rated as the elite wide receiver in the 2012 draft, participate fully in this week's Scouting Combine.
NFLDraftScout.com has learned that a high ankle sprain will keep another potential first round pass-catcher from doing the same, however.
Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that Blackmon plans to "do it all" in Indianapolis this week and even predicts that he'll be timed between 4.4 and 4.5 seconds when he runs the 40-yard dash. Despite Blackmon dominating the competition at the collegiate level, including winning back to back Biletnikof Awards as the nation's elite receiver, scouts have reservations about his straight-line speed. Blackmon, in fact, has been routinely estimated as a receiver with 4.55-4.60 speed by area scouts who have scouted him numerous times in person. A perceived lack of top-end speed is the one physical characteristic Blackmon would appear to be lacking when compared to receivers taken in the top six in recent years like A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson. Scouts also have some reservations about Blackmon's decision-making off the field, in large part due to an arrest for driving while under the influence of alcohol in October, 2010. Blackmon was just 20 years old at the time.
While scouts will get some of their biggest questions answered about arguably the elite non-QB skill-position talent in the draft at the Combine, they'll have to wait until Stanford's March 22 Pro Day to see Coby Fleener, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior tight end, perform athletic drills. Considering that some guy named Luck is expected to throw that day as well as the presence of two first round caliber offensive linemen (OG David DeCastro, OT Jonathan Martin) also among those expected to be on hand for the workout, there should be plenty of decision-makers in Palo Alto for the workout.
Ironically enough, Fleener suffered his ankle injury playing against Blackmon's Oklahoma State Cowboys January 3 in the Fiesta Bowl. The injury kept Fleener out of the Senior Bowl. According to a source close to the situation, Fleener has recovered suffiiciently from the injury but hasn't yet had an opportunity to prepare fully for the Combine-specific workouts. Though he won't be able to work out, Fleener will attend the Combine to participate in the medical testing and interview process.
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:53 pm
On Tuesday Stanford left tackle Jonathan Martin announced via Twitter his decision to enter the 2012 draft.
According to a source close to Martin, the decision was a difficult for the second team AP All-American.
Martin only made the decision after getting a first round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee and receiving positive feedback from scouts on hand for his final game, an overtime loss to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.
The 6-6, 305 pound Martin is one of a trio of talented junior left tackles expected to earn early to mid first round consideration. Based on his size and athleticism, some view Martin as having greater potential than either Southern Cal's Matt Kalil or Iowa's Riley Reiff. Martin is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 rated offensive tackle but is also our No. 12 rated prospect, overall.
A league source on hand for the Fiesta Bowl was impressed with Martin against the Cowboys and specifically noted that Martin's physicality impressed him.
"That's been one of the knocks people have had about him," the scout told me Friday evening on the condition of anonymity. "No one is going to confuse the guy with Jake Long in that regard, but I've seen too many so-called finesse left tackles wind up being Pro Bowlers to worry about that too much with a guy as big and athletic as [Martin] is. He'll be fine."
With the NFL shifting to an increasingly pass-happy league, athletic left tackles are as valuable as they've ever been. It is that athleticism that could intrigue a host of teams picking inside the top 20.
As such, Martin is currently projected by NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Dane Brugler to be drafted within the first half of the draft.
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:19 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 3:39 pm
Stanford junior offensive tackle Jonathan Martin said he will enter the 2012 NFL Draft.
Posted on: December 31, 2011 1:11 pm
Much has been made of the fact that the Insight Bowl Friday night may have been the last collegiate games for Oklahoma junior quarterback Landry Jones and Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff, also a junior. Each is listed as potential first round draft pick by NFLDraftScout.com.
Though highly regarded, neither enjoyed the type of dominating game last night to make their decision an easy one.
Jones completed 16 of 25 passes for 161 yards for one touchdown and one interception. He showed some toughness in taking a wicked hit from Iowa and demonstrated the live arm that scouts can't help but admire. However, the same discomfort once the pocket collapses around him that has caused me to rank Jones outside of my Top 32 prospects, was again apparent in this game. Jones had to endure more pressure in this game than he's used to. He was sacked twice (both by Iowa DT Mike Daniels) and pressured often, which contributed to numerous high and wide throws. Two sacks doesn't sound like a lot. But the spread offense Oklahoma runs helps keep Jones upright. Oklahoma had allowed just nine sacks all season long.
On the interception, Jones extended the ball out in play-action before attempting to lob a pass (into double coverage) to Kenny Stills into the back of the endzone. Defensive lineman Broderick Binns deflected the pass and caught it at his own six yard line to extend Jones' string of troubling play since losing All-American receiver Ryan Broyles to a torn ACL. Prior to throwing a three-yard touchdown to senior tight end Trent Ratterree on the next drive, Jones had thrown for zero touchdowns and six interceptions since Broyles' injury November 5.
Like Jones, Reiff has the physical characteristics scouts are looking for. At 6-6, 300 pounds he is very light on his feet, handled numerous exotic blitzes from the Sooners and is technically refined. Also like Jones, however, Reiff showed that another season of college play could go a long way in helping his game. Reiff has a relatively slight upper body and the lack of power was evident against Oklahoma's Frank Alexander (and more troubling) other OU defenders, as well. He has been my second-rated offensive tackle in the country behind Southern Cal's Matt Kalil (ahead of Stanford's Jonathan Martin) all year long and I stand behind that grade. However, after this performance I'd place more distance between Kalil, who I see as a top five pick, and either Reiff or Martin, both of whom I feel are better values outside of the top 10 (or perhaps even top 15) picks.
Though Jones and Reiff entered the game with much of the hype, quite frankly Alexander, OU cornerback Jamell Fleming and Iowa's Daniels were the best three players on the field Friday night -- at least among legitimate NFL prospects.
Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:57 pm
Florida State offensive tackle Andrew Datko, NFLDraftScout.com's top rated senior prospect at the position, was held out of Saturday's upset loss to Wake Forest with a shoulder injury. Even worse, it doesn't sound like he's close to returning despite having undergone surgery on the shoulder early last week.
Seminoles' head coach Jimbo Fisher didn't sound at all optimistic about his senior tackle's chances at seeing the field soon when asked about Datko following the loss.
"It's not good. He can't play. The surgeries didn't take," Fisher said.
Datko underwent surgery over the summer to repair problems with his shoulders. He had separated one of them and tore the labrum in the other during his junior season. Despite the surgeries, Datko has been characterized as "questionable" for much of the early schedule this season and was held out of play Saturday after it was obvious during warmups that he was limited.
In his place the Seminoles started 17-year old true freshman Bobby Hart, who, not surprisingly, struggled.
With a clean bill of health, Datko had been rated by NFLDraftScout.com as a potential first round prospect. With a number of the top rated tackles from the Class of 2012 having left early for the NFL last season, Datko was the leader almost by default, as he ranked only fourth on NFLDraftScout.com's true tackle ratings behind juniors Matt Kalil (USC), Riley Reiff (Iowa) and Jonathan Martin (Stanford).
For my money, Ohio State's Mike Adams, who returned this past week from a five game suspension, is next in line as the best of the senior class tackles. Should Datko's troublesome shoulder(s) continue to be a problem, he could slip significantly down the board.