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Zack Martin | Tackle

Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 304

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Cowboys selected Notre Dame G/T Zack Martin with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
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. Thu, May 8, 2014 09:55:00 PM

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Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl says Notre Dame G/T Zack Martin has "climbed up" boards across the league.

The analyst believes Martin could go as early as Buffalo at No. 9. If the Bills go in a different direction, the Giants at No. 12 and the Rams at No. 13 are also options, according to Weidl. NFL Media analyst and Notre Dame broadcaster Mike Mayock is on the same page. He predicted last week that Martin will go in the top 13. Martin will be the first Notre Dame OL taken in the first since Jeff Faine in 2003.
Wed, May 7, 2014 10:39:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said there’s "no way in the world" Notre Dame G/T Zack Martin "gets close to 19."

The No. 19 pick, of course, is owned by Miami, a team with a huge hole at OT that reportedly covets Martin. Mayock, who has said Martin is the only OL in the draft who can play all five OL positions at a high level, believes Martin will go no lower than No. 13 (Rams), and may go in the top 10. Mayock said Martin is his No. 4 OT, but "he would be my No. 1 center or No. 1 guard. He will be the fourth offensive lineman off the board, somewhere between 9 and 13. He’s too good, too safe, and there are too many teams with offensive line needs. About as safe a player as there is in this draft."
Fri, May 2, 2014 07:55:00 PM

NFL Media analyst and Notre Dame broadcaster Mike Mayock says Fighting Irish G/T Zack Martin is the only OL in the class who can play all OL positions in the NFL at a high level.

"He's awesome and is about as safe a player as there is in this draft," Mayock said. "You better get him early." The analyst doesn't think there's any chance he'll make it to the Dolphins, who are known to covet Martin and select 19th overall. Mayock, in fact, believes Martin will go no lower than No. 13 (Rams), and may go in the top 10.
Thu, May 1, 2014 09:49:00 PM

NFL Media analyst and Notre Dame broadcaster Mike Mayock said Fighting Irish G/T Zack Martin will go in the top 13.

"There's going to be three offensive tackles off the board quickly," Mayock said Tuesday on the 'Rich Eisen Podcast.' "I think Zack Martin is going to be gone in the first 13 picks. So I think four offensive tackles will be gone in the top 13, maybe the top 10." The Rams pick No. 13, and would consider Martin if they don't take an OT at No. 2. Martin is about to become the first Notre Dame OL taken in the first since Jeff Faine in 2003.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 09:53:00 PM

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport thinks teams could see Notre Dame G/T Zack Martin as comparable to Patriots OG Logan Mankins.

Mankins, like Martin, played OT in college, and then transitioned to guard in the pros. Many believe that Martin is also headed inside, though a sect believes the Fighting Irish prospect will be a Pro Bowl caliber RT. Either way, not many are arguing Rapoport's last assertion: "Martin’ll go early." Mankins, a less heralded prospect from Fresno State, went at the end of the first to New England in 2005.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 09:11:00 PM

The Giants are "extremely high" on Notre Dame G/T Zack Martin, according to Jordan Raanan of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Raanan reports that New York won't take Eric Ebron, and are instead most likely to pick Martin at No. 12 overall if they don't make a trade. The team prefers Martin over Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, according to Raanan, because the Wolverines' "off-the-field run-ins scare" New York. ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Martin is a top 10 talent.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 07:28:00 PM

Notre Dame OG/OT Zack Martin hopped up three slots to No. 19 in Daniel Jeremiah's rankings.

While the NFL Media analyst warms to Martin, others are already sultry. The MMQB's Peter King reported Monday that an NFL team drafting lower than No. 10 ranked Martin in the top 10. That club isn't alone. ESPN's Mel Kiper also believes Martin is a top 10 talent. The Dolphins wish Martin would last as long as Jeremiah values him, as Miami, at No. 19, is known to covet the Golden Domer. Kiper shot down any possibility of that happening recently, writing that the 6-foot-4, 308-pounder is assured of going in the top 17.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 11:05:00 PM

The MMQB's Peter King reports that "one team not in the top 10" ranks both Notre Dame OL Zack Martin and Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald in the top 10.

King wasn't told the order of the team's list, which also included quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, offensive tackles Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews, and Taylor Lewan, pass rushers Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack, and wideout Sammy Watkins. Those eight names aren't surprising, but Martin and Donald's inclusion perhaps will raise a few eyebrows. Both had been considered mid-first round talents, though Donald has recently made a surge towards top 10 consideration.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 07:26:00 PM

The Dolphins covet Notre Dame OL Zack Martin, according to the Miami Herald.

The Fins seem destined to spend the No. 19 pick on a RT to pair with LT Branden Albert, but it's not likely that Martin will fall to them. "He can go anywhere in the top 17," ESPN's Mel Kiper said. The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Martin said he'll play either guard or tackle at the next level. "The kid is a reliable, consistent player," Kiper said. "He will come in right away and help you. He’s a safe pick."
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 07:50:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Notre Dame OL Zack Martin is a top 10 talent.

Kiper lists Martin as a tackle, while many evaluators (including this section) view his best fit at guard. "Lacks ideal length at left tackle, but his athleticism makes up for it," Kiper writes. We think Martin has extremely strong hands, but his wide base forces struggles against speed counter moves.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 01:06:00 PM

ESPN Ravens' blogger Jamison Hensley believes that the Baltimore Ravens could be interested in taking Notre Dame OL Zack Martin in the first round.

"I’m buying the talk about the Ravens taking Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin in the first round. He’s that tough offensive lineman that the Ravens love. The biggest concern is his short arms, which could make him a better guard," Hensley wrote on Saturday. The Ravens gave up the second most sacks (48) in the NFL and were ranked 30th in the running game in 2013, the athletic Martin would be a welcomed edition to Gary Kubiak's new zone-stretch blocking scheme in Baltimore.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 04:11:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper bumped Notre Dame OL Zack Martin up from No. 20 to No. 13 in his most recent Big Board.

"Martin has easy feet, is versatile and can both mirror good pass-rushers and push them around in the run game," wrote the famous draft expert. "Range is a plus for Martin, as he can handle left tackle or right tackle (or guard in a pinch). Martin is a great competitor who absorbs power well for a tackle with shorter arms, but he also handles speed pretty effectively because of his quick feet. The arms could make him a likelier bet to move off the left side, but experience and versatility will keep him in Round 1." Martin fits best on the inside because of his powerful hands and comfort in tight spaces. We think that wide base will allow quick edge rushers access into the backfield on counter moves.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:57:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah mentioned that he "talked to a GM who said he doesn't think Zack Martin will still be available for the Miami Dolphins at No. 19."

Martin is a versatile type that can help an NFL team right away. Whether its playing guard or tackle, Martin has a ton of upside moving forward. With the Cowboys recently hosting Martin for a visit they could easily add him in the mix at the No.16 spot. The Ravens could also utilize an athletic tackle,like Martin, in a Gary Kubiak system as he would be a perfect fit for the Ravens if they don't look to draft a WR at No. 17. Perhaps this "unnamed GM" may also be looking to gauge interest for a potential trade-up offer from the Miami Dolphins. This could also be a potential smoke screen, given the time of year.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 03:53:00 PM

The Cowboys are hosting Notre Dame OL Zack Martin for a visit on Wednesday, according to Jeff Cavanaugh.

Martin would likely play guard early in his career, with Tyron Smith cemented at left tackle and Doug Free on the roster in 2014. However, he could move to the right side later down the road. We think Martin fits best on the inside, thanks to his powerful hands and comfort in tight spaces. His wide base allowed quick edge rushers to win on counter moves.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:34:00 AM