Zack Martin, OG

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 308 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.22--29 288'10"4.597.65

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Player Overview

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 Weaknesses

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, where he never played in college. The move to guard is necessary because Martin does not possess great height, arm length or foot speed. 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 first-round consideration.

--Rob Rang and Derek Stephens

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05/11/2014 - The Cowboys came into the draft looking to change their fortunes by improving a defense that was not only worst in the league last season but the worst in team history. But with their top defensive targets off the board -- UCLA defensive end Anthony Barr to Minnesota at No. 9, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald went to St. Louis 13th and Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier two picks later -- the Cowboys did the next best thing. They drafted Martin, a versatile offensive lineman who could be the top guard or second-ranked tackle in this draft, to help what is already a dynamic offense and give franchise quarterback Tony Romo more protection. "One of my biggest things is my versatility," Martin said. "Any thing I can do to help the team is what I'm willing to do."

Recall Romo is coming off back surgery for the second straight offseason and turns 34 in 2014. Some wondered why the Cowboys didn't push to get a pass rusher after DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher moved on. But with 10 more picks in the draft, there is time to focus on defense the rest of the way, starting with the second and third rounds Friday. This is the third time in four years that the Cowboys have taken an offensive lineman in the first round. That is quite a change for a team that didn't take an offensive lineman in the first round from 1989-2010. Martin joins left tackle Tyron Smith in 2011 and center Travis Frederick in 2013. Look the Cowboys to plug Martin in at right guard next to Doug Free with a possible move to tackle in 2015 when Free becomes a free agent. Martin said they spoke to him about playing guard Thursday night. - The Sports Xchange



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