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Zack Martin

Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein

Zack Martin Photo: ESPN

Breakdown:

#70
Class: Senior
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 308 lbs.
School: Notre Dame
Bio:
  • Second-team All-American (2013)
  • Started more games in a career than any other Notre Dame player in history (52)
  • 2x team captain - one of only 18 players to hold such an honor at Notre Dame (2013, 2012)
  • 3x Guardian of the Year Award Winner - given to the top Irish OL (2013, 2012, 2011)
  • Martin and his OL gave up no sacks to six of the top sack artists in 2013

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Martin may very well bump inside to guard on the next level, but he showed an ability to get out and get to edge rushers with his feet.  He consistently got the best of Stanford's Trent Murphy when they were matched up while splitting out with Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hagemen.
  • Because Martin plays with a nice wide base, he was less susceptible to power when stronger players got on his edge.  His lack of length was apparent, however, at times as he couldn't quite finish re-directs around the arc.
  • BYU LB Kyle Van Noy and West Virginia DE Will Clarke both had reps where they gave Martin problems but for different reasons.  With Van Noy, Martin waited too long to get his hands won him and he lost power battle while Clarke caused Martin to overset outside and give up his balance on the inside move.  
  • Overall, however, Martin showed an ability to change directions and solidified his position as one of the top guard prospects in this draft.

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • Bench Press - 29 reps
  • Vertical Jump - 28"
  • Broad Jump - 8'10"
  • 3 Cone Drill - 7.65 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.59 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 32 7/8"
  • Hand size - 9 1/2"

Pros

  • Thick through his hips and legs
  • Works well teammate on combo blocks
  • Keeps his hands inside in run game and pass protection
  • Plays to the whistle and gives consistent effort
  • Shows good timing with his punch and doesn't commit too early
  • Persistent run blocker who plays with good leverage
  • Outstanding teammate and locker room leader

Cons

  • Lacks prototypical size for a tackle and will probably have to move inside to guard
  • Feet get a little too wide in some pass pro sets
  • Not as flat flooted as you would like.  Will play on balls of his feet
  • Doesn't show a consistently strong and steady base
  • Looks to have average core strength and may struggle with power inside

Film Room

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:20 Too "bouncy" as up on the balls of his feet too much which will get him beat on next level
:34 Oversets and gets knocked off-balance by inside move
1:13 Comes out low and keeps his feet moving on double team which he'll have to do at guard
1:40 Gains ground with first step before using proper technique and launch-point for cut block on backside
3:28 Out of stance quickly and adjusts to inside move well but gets pushed off-balance at one point
4:22 Arm length gets him in trouble as DE able to win hand battle and shuck to make tackle
4:30 I like the way he engages and then continues to maintain and finish despite defender chasing inside
10:08 Moves his man off the LOS with good leverage and push
10:38 Fails on cut-block as defender gets hands on him quickly to ward him off
10:49 Great job of rolling hips up under him and turning the defender

Report

Zack Martin is a four year starter at tackle for Notre Dame who has started 52 games and is considered an outstanding leader on the field and in the locker room.  Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said this about Martin

"It's amazing how his influence - I call it the 'Larry Bird effect' - where an offensive lineman can make others better around him.  He does that."

Martin is a disciplined, consistent performer who is rarely penalized and who handles his on-field responsibilities.  Martin is an average athlete and lacks the height or arm length that teams look for in a tackle so he will likely have to move inside to guard.  However, his ability to play guard and swing tackle for a team will increase his value and, potentially, his draft stock.
 
Martin uses good technique with his run game and blocking and can fit into a variety of running game schemes, but I worry about his core strength as a pass protector.  Martin is solid in pass pro, but there are times when he gets knocked off balance and my concern is that it will be an even bigger problem when he's facing linemen 40+ pounds heavier than he's seeing now at tackle.  Martin also has a tendency to play on the balls of his feet and if he gets his weight too far forward, he's going to get yanked around.
 
Martin has some physical limitations but he's got a high football character and he shows the tenacity and willingness to do whatever it takes to get guys blocked.  Martin shows good technique in the run game and it looks like that should be a strength for him on the next level.