Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein
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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
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.