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Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 295

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Texans selected Notre Dame C Nick Martin with the No. 50 overall pick in the 2016 draft.
Martin (6'4/299) made 37 starts for the Irish, showing the ability to play guard but mostly manning center. He is the younger brother of Cowboys RG Zack Martin. Although Nick remained a solid starter in college, his movement ability appeared to decline following a sophomore ACL tear, and Martin tested out poorly at the Combine. Martin does offer technically-sound blocking skills and enough toughness to hang around as an NFL center, probably as a low-end to mid-range starter. He should open training camp as the favorite for the starting job. Apr 29 - 8:46 PM

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An NFL scout says that comparisons between Notre Dame C Nick Martin and his brother, Cowboys G Zack Martin, are frivolous.

"He has been compared to his brother," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "No way, no way. Just not the same cat. But he'll play in the league, yes." Martin will likely enter as a Day 2 (Friday) pick. "Not a great athlete," said another scout. "Great leader. Just an average guard." The 6-foot-4, 299-pounder managed 28 reps on the bench press at the Combine. "He's athletically pretty ordinary," a third scout said. "Plays a little straight-legged. Against quick guys he'll struggle a little. But he's got an NFL body, an NFL mind and an NFL demeanor."
Apr 27 - 2:54 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang hears from a source present at Notre Dame's Thursday Pro Day that C Nick Martin "looked like a 10-year veteran" in his handling of positional drills.

Martin opted not to participate in any event testing on Pro Day. Instead, he stood by his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. In Indianapolis, he managed 28 reps on the bench press, 5.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 4.72 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle. The 6-foot-4, 299-pounder is the younger brother of Cowboys guard Zack Martin. A scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in February Nick lacks his older brother's pure athleticism. He figures to be selected on Day 2 barring a slide.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 2 - 2:58 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel indicated that he doesn't see Notre Dame C Nick Martin as being in the same talent-league as older brother Zack.

"[Nick]'s close to his brother only because of blood. He's just not as good a player. Not as athletic," the scout noted. That anonymous scout does believe that Martin will end up playing in the NFL. He's just dubious of whether he can replicate the success of Cowboys guard Zack Martin. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder's not being frowned upon in all circles, though, with Pro Football Focus writer Michael Renner writing in late February that he would be "one of the first centers off the board come April." PFF graded him out as the sixth-best center in the country over the course of the 2015 campaign. Another scout who spoke with the Journal-Sentinel took the middle ground between these two opinions when he noted that while the younger Martin lacks the athleticism of his older bro, he does share the same intangibles.
Mar 5 - 1:38 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Michael Renner noted that Notre Dame C Nick Martin is "slightly built, but moves very well and should fit in well in a zone schem[e]."

By PFF's metrics, Martin graded out as the sixth-best center in the country for the 2015 campaign. Renner predicts that the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder will "be one of the first centers off the board come April." That sounds about right. During the Senior Bowl, NFL Network's Mike Mayock called him "a second-round pick all day long." He's the younger brother of Cowboys guard Zack Martin.
Feb 21 - 7:07 PM

During the Senior Bowl, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock called Notre Dame C Nick Martin "a second-round pick all day long."

Martin's been steadily gaining as a draft prospect over the course of the season, with TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline calling him (in early November) a "nasty defender who plays fundamentally sound football." The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder has demonstrated an aptitude blocking for both the run and the pass. He's the younger brother of Zack Martin, who was drafted by the Cowboys in the first round of the 2014 draft. In a recent four-round mock, NFL Media analyst Chase Goodbread had the Texans selecting Martin with the 85th pick, which would slot him as a third-rounder. This isn't quite as high as either Pauline or Mayock have him slotted.
Jan 30 - 6:21 PM

Notre Dame senior C Nick Martin accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The younger brother of Zack Martin has the look of a Round 2 pick. He's a technician who plays mean and doesn't make mistakes. Martin, adept in both the run and pass games, can play guard in addition to center.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 07:49:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Notre Dame senior C Nick Martin's stock is on the rise, as "scouts now stamp the senior as a top 42 selection."

"Martin is a nasty defender who plays fundamentally sound football and has made a major move up draft boards as many scouts now stamp the senior as a top 42 selection," Pauline wrote. The younger brother of Zack Martin had a solid outing versus Temple defensive tackles. Pauline adds that Martin "effectively protected his quarterback all game as well as opened holes for the running backs."
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 02:05:00 PM

Notre Dame senior C Nick Martin "is a grinder who seals off assignments as a run blocker and anchors well in pass protection," notes ESPN's Steve Muench.

Muench wrote that C.J. Prosise's "offensive line has played a disproportionate role in his early success" and gave Martin much credit for his role in the assist. Martin and the Irish head to Clemson for a marquee showdown with the Tigers on Saturday. "With Death Valley rocking and rolling on Saturday night, he should have a much-needed calming influence on his young quarterback going up against an aggressive Clemson defensive front," Muench wrote.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 08:35:00 PM

Notre Dame senior C Nick Martin "offers versatility, as he moves between center and guard with ease," NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter writes.

Reuter ranks Zack Martin's younger brother as the class' No. 10 overall senior prospect. "Teams looking to improve up front on offense should consider picking up Martin in the mid-to-late first round," Reuter wrote. Sports on Earth's Matt Brown graded the younger Martin as the No. 24 offensive lineman in the country.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 01:51:00 PM

Notre Dame senior C Nick Martin dealt with a number of injuries during his 2014 season.

"While his performance in 2014 didn’t grade out at the top of the heap, the fact that he played through multiple maladies likely only made him more admirable in the linemen’s meeting room," NBC Sports' Keith Arnold writes regarding Martin's captain status. Martin played left guard last season, joining ND's top offensive player Ronnie Stanley to form an outstanding left side of the offensive line. Nick is Zack Martin's younger brother.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 10:22:00 AM

Notre Dame senior C Nick Martin's "sturdy run blocking will be a valuable asset as the Irish mix in more read-option looks with Malik Zaire at quarterback," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Zack's little brother has started 24 games over the last two years at guard, but he's kicking inside to man center as a senior. We like his fit on the interior in the NFL, just as we did with older sibling Zack, who went from tackle in college to guard in the pros. Brown grades the younger Martin as the No. 24 offensive lineman in the country.
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 06:27:00 PM

Notre Dame senior C Nick Martin is a "rock-solid, reliable player," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

You would expect nothing less of the brother of Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin. "Solid technician with a good feel for the interior line position," Zierlein wrote. "Has played guard and tackle and, despite being a little undersized at guard, more than held his own against bigger talent. Has the quickness to get to difficult cross-face blocks as a center and plays with excellent hand placement and arm extension. He doesn't generate very much push in the running game and has to play with consistent footwork and technique."
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 12:05:00 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter writes that Notre Dame senior C Nick Martin "brings versatility along with the family toughness, as he moves between center and guard without an issue."

Martin, Zack's brother, played at guard last season but has shifted inside to center. Of course, seamless position changes run in the family. "Teams envying the Cowboys' prodigious but athletic front line should consider picking up this Golden Domer," Reuter wrote. Martin and Ronnie Stanley help give Notre Dame one of the most imposing offensive lines in the country.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 10:00:00 PM

Notre Dame senior Nick Martin is moving to C for his final year.

Martin, Zack's brother, played at guard last season. The school's starting center from last season, Matt Hegarty, announced he would transfer for the 2015 season, and Martin does have experience at the anchor position. Between Martin and Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame has two of the top offensive line prospects for the 2016 class.
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 12:20:00 PM