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2015 NFL DRAFT

Zack Martin, OG

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 308 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1211
Career Notes
Notre Dame Records for Career Starts (2010-, 51, 1st)...Career Consecutive Starts (2010-, 51, 1st)...Career Wins as a Starter (2010, 36, 3rd).
2013 Season
Started all 12 games at left tackle ... set the school record by making his 51st career start in the game at No. 8 Stanford (Nov. 30) ... moved into third place on Notre Dame's chart for most career wins as a starter (36) with the team's victory over BYU (Nov. 23) ... Kyle Van Noy (BYU), Shilique Calhoun (MSU), Leonard Williams (USC), Frank Clark (Michigan) and Trent Murphy (Stanford) have combined for 77 TFLs and 36 sacks in 2013 ... those five players had a total of 3.5 TFLs and no sacks against graduate Martin ... part of an offensive line that has allowed just eight sacks and ranks tied for second in the FBS in fewest sacks allowed ... no team in the nation has allowed fewer sacks and attempted more passes than Notre Dame (eight sacks on 382 pass attempts) this season ... area of great improvement through 12 games for the Fighting Irish.Last fall, Notre Dame had allowed twice as many sacks (16) at this juncture on 30 fewer passing attempts (352) ... helped the Irish run the ball for a season-high 235 yards while not allowing a sack on 28 passing attempts in the victory over BYU (Nov. 23) ... Michigan State entered the game against Notre Dame (Sept. 21) ranked 14th in the FBS in sacks - averaging 3.0 per game, but the Irish did not allow a single sack in 34 pass attempts against the Spartans ... Notre Dame struggled to run the ball against Purdue (Sept. 14), but the Irish were successful on its final drive to run out the clock (ran for 42 yards on final drive; just 49 prior to the drive) ... Notre Dame ran the final 7:22 off the game clock and the Irish converted four third-down plays on the final drive ... Arizona State and Stanford both rank tied for seventh in the FBS in sacks per game (3.08) yet the duo managed a combined one sack against the Irish ... invited to participate in the Senior Bowl.
2012 Season
Started all 13 games at left tackle ... enters 2013 season with 39 consecutive starts ... named a second-team All-American by Walter Camp Football Foundation and earned Notre Dame offensive lineman of the year award for third consecutive season ... helped Irish run for at least 200 yards seven times in 2012, including six of the last nine contests ... Notre Dame had not posted more 200+ yard rushing games in a single season since 1996 when the Irish registered nine games with at least 200 yards rushing ... over last nine games, Notre Dame combined to rush for 1,901 yards (359 attempts) for 5.3 yards per carry and 15 rushing TDs ... the Irish rushed for more yards in their last nine games combined than 51 FBS teams did in their entire 2012 seasons ... part of four sets of brothers on the team ... older brother of Junior offensive lineman Nick Martin.
2011 Season
Started all 13 games at left offensive tackle ... part of a unit that only allowed 17 sacks during the season ... helped pave the way for a running game that averaged 4.8 yards a carry, the best by a Notre Dame team since 1996.
2010 Season
Saw action in all 13 games in 2010 ... one of 11 players to start all 13 games for the Irish this season ... joined C Braxston Cave, OG Chris Stewart and OG Trevor Robinson as the only players on the offensive side of the ball to start all 13 games ... won the Guardian of the Year Award from the Guardian Life Insurance Company (a sponsor of Irish football on IMG College radio broadcasts) as the top Notre Dame offensive lineman ... made his first career start against Purdue ... started 11 games at left tackle and two games at right tackle (vs. Pittsburgh and Western Michigan) ... named Jimmy Rogers, Jr. Most Valuable Lineman following the victory over Miami (Fla.) in the Hyundai Sun Bowl ... the Irish offensive line allowed 20 sacks over their 13 games in 2010, which averaged out to 1.54 sacks per game ... Notre Dame had not allowed fewer sacks per game since 1998 when the Irish allowed only nine sacks in 11 games or 0.82 per game ... totaled 831 snaps on offense, the most of any Irish offense lineman and second-most of any Notre Dame player.
2009 Season
Did not see game action for Irish.
High School
Selected to play in 2009 Under Armour All-American game in Orlando ... named to Best in Midwest team by Detroit Free Press as the fifth-best player and second-best offensive lineman (behind future classmate Chris Watt) in the Midwest ... ranked as 107th-best prospect in the SI/TAKKLE Top 200 ... rated 110th in ESPNU150 and 10th-best offensive tackle according to ESPN ... named to Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 All-State team as an offensive lineman in senior year ... selected first-team all-state in 2008 by Indianapolis Star and Associated Press ... also named to Indianapolis Star's 2008 Super Team ... tallied 114 pancake blocks during senior campaign ... first-team all-state selection as senior and junior ... named to Bloomington Herald Times Junior All-State team as sophomore ... selected to Bloomington Herald Times Top 33 team as junior and senior ... selected as SuperPrep All-American and 20th-best offensive lineman ... SuperPrep ranked him as 16th-best player in the Midwest ... ranked as second-best prospect in the Rivals.com Indiana postseason rankings ... member of Indiana Class 3A State Championship team as sophomore with 12-3 record ... helped lead high school team to 14-1 record and second consecutive Indiana Class 3A state championship as junior in 2007 ... started both ways as sophomore along offensive and defensive lines ... recorded 73 tackles including five tackles for loss as defensive tackle during sophomore season in 2006 ... father played football at Kentucky ... played for head coach Vince Lorenzano at Bishop Chatard High School.
Personal
Born Nov. 20, 1990 ... full name is Zachary Edward Martin ... son of Pam and Keith Martin.
 
Player News
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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