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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.
Apr 17 - 11:57 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.
Apr 17 - 3:53 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.
Apr 16 - 10:34 AM

The Bears recently hosted Notre Dame NT Louis Nix for a visit, according to beat writer Brad Briggs.

This counts as one of the Bears' 30 visits. Nix had a down 2013, mainly due to injury, and finished the season on the bench. However, Nix was Notre Dame's best player in 2012 and flashed shades of Vince Wilfork. He is not the typical nose tackle, meaning Nix can get one to two yards in the opponents' backfield and reset the line of scrimmage.
Apr 15 - 11:43 AM

Notre Dame true freshman Malik Zaire threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday in Notre Dame's spring game.

Meanwhile, Everett Golson threw for 154 yards on 13-of-24 attempts and also rushed for a TD. Zaire told the media in late March that he would "without a doubt" beat out Golson to become starting QB. This was a good start in the direction. The left-handed Zaire is trying to become the first southpaw QB to start a game in school history.
Apr 13 - 9:53 PM

An NFC personnel man sees Notre Dame DT Louis Nix as a 3-4 nose tackle who is incompatible with a 4-3 scheme.

An AFC executive quoted in the NJ.com story calls Nix a "classic nose tackle" who reminds him of B.J. Raji. "You put some people around him," the exec said, "and he could make an impact." A scout quoted in the story disagrees: "I don’t see much there. He’s not for us." The massive 6-foot-2 3/8 and 331-pound prospect draws concerns over stamina and questions over his long-term ability to stay healthy. A smart coaching staff, however, should be able to mitigate both concerns by using him judicially. Nix is often compared to Vince Wilfork.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 13 - 7:58 PM

An NFC scouting director said the 2014 defensive line class is the worst he's seen in "a long time."

"It's a bad year," he said, according to nj.com. "It's the worst group I've seen in a long time." One defensive lineman that didn't seemed to impress the panel interviewed for the story was Notre Dame's Stephon Tuitt, a polarizing prospect. Said the scouting director: "Lazy. He's an underachiever. I would just say no." An AFC personnel exec wasn't as negative, but you could almost hear the yawn when reading his text: "I think he's better as a 3-4 end, than a 4-3 tackle. He has the size and build for it. But there were games where he just didn't do anything."
Source: NJ.com
Apr 13 - 6:41 PM

"Several teams" grade Notre Dame OL Zack Martin ahead of Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, reports draft insider Tony Pauline.

"For the record I disagree and feel Lewan is the most underappreciated of the top tackles," wrote Pauline. "I’m told Martin offers potential at four spots on the offensive line, both tackle and guard spots, and is less prone to making mental mistakes compared to Lewan." Most believe that Martin will either be a Pro Bowl guard or else a very good tackle. This is where personal taste comes in. Lewan is sticking on the outside, but he has the upside of a Pro Bowl left tackle, whereas most feel Martin does not. Martin's floor is undoubtedly higher, however.
Apr 11 - 5:47 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Notre Dame DT Louis Nix will go early in Round 2 and also thinks a drop could be coming.

The lowest Kiper could see him falling is to San Diego in the second round with the No. 57 overall pick. "Nix could drop some from where I had him ranked going back to the season, and he could fall because he's not a player any team can draft," Kiper wrote. "He's more of a zero- or 1-technique, and you look for a fit as much as value."
Apr 8 - 10:13 PM

Notre Dame DT Louis Nix is on a strict diet and training program.

The diet features plenty of vegetables and individually designed shot-glass sized supplements. The massive 6-foot-2 3/8 and 331-pound prospect also has a cold tub regimen. Nix, a fluid mover for such a mass of humanity, flashed Vince Wilfork-like skills in 2012 but regressed a bit in 2013. Perhaps the program will renew his vigor.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 8:02 PM

Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt is scheduled to visit the Jaguars.

Tuitt would likely play Red Bryant's defensive role as a closed end if selected by the team, but that would make him a sub-package player early on. Tuitt has generated plenty of top-32 buzz, however, we do not believe his talent warrants that high of a selection.
Apr 8 - 12:36 PM

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock believes Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt will need to play at a lower weight in the NFL.

Mayock thinks he's a borderline first-round pick. "He's gotta be in shape," Mayock said. "If he's up at 325, 330 pounds, that's not him. He's got some tightness in his hips. Now when he's at 310-315, I think you see some flashes of quickness." The 6-foot-6, 322-pound defensive end is a unique size/speed project who was once clocked at 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash, but Rotoworld's Josh Norris says the prospect appears to be "running uphill" when he moves.
Apr 7 - 8:37 PM

NFL evaluators interviewed by NJ.com disagreed when discussing whether Notre Dame OL Zack Martin will end up at LT or OG.

"I love him," an NFC personnel man said. "Everyone wants to move him inside (to guard). I would just leave him outside (at tackle). He can stop pass rushers. He’s smart. He’s athletic. He’s strong. He’s just a damn good player." An NFC scout said said that while he believes Martin could be a "good" LT, "he’d probably be a Pro Bowl guard." An NFC scout concluded: "We like him as a guard. So then it’s a matter of how high do you take a guard."
Source: NJ.com
Apr 6 - 8:30 PM

The Dolphins "continue to be heavily linked" to Notre Dame OL Zack Martin, reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

"Nobody will be surprised if he’s the pick at No. 19," Jackson wrote. The fit makes a lot of sense. The Dolphins must address offensive tackle early in the draft, and Auburn’s Greg Robinson, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and Michigan's Taylor Lewan all figure to be gone by the time their pick rolls around. ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Martin will intrigue Pittsburgh at 15 or Baltimore at 17, so Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio, Virginia’s Morgan Moses or Tennessee’s Antonio Richardson could be first-round contingency plans.
Apr 6 - 6:01 PM

Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt visited the Rams on Tuesday, the Steelers on Wednesday, and will meet with the Patriots on Thursday.

It's a busy week for the athletically blessed defensive lineman. Ostensibly an important one, too, as Tuitt will have to convince evaluators that his NFL potential should be quantified by the tape measure as opposed to the game tape. The 6-foot-6, 322-pound defensive end is a unique size/speed project who was once clocked at 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash. His inconsistencies, however, have confounded. Rotoworld's Josh Norris, for one, dismisses Tuitt's movement skills, noting that "it appears he's running uphill at all times."
Apr 2 - 8:30 PM


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