Dec 28, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Zack Martin (70) blocks against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the second half of the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankees Stadium. Notre Dame Fighting Irish won the game 29-16. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Martin, OT: Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report

Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Zack Martin (70) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

 

Zack Martin is widely considered to be a first round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but he’s certainly not considered to be in the upper echelon of elite tackles like Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews.

Coming back for his senior year and a dominant performance in the Senior Bowl helped boost his draft stock up into the late-middle first round. He’s been evaluated as undersized, having short arms and not being strong enough to handle NFL-sized defensive tackles in the interior line. This would pretty much count him out as a guard.

He is, however, quick, agile and possesses good body control, thought to pick up blitzers instinctively, and rarely loses position. Combine that, his performance on the outside in the Senior Bowl and his high football I.Q., and he can be considered an intriguing prospect at tackle.

Right tackle is likely a good place to put him as long as his learning curve and adjustment into the pros doesn’t stunt his growth.

Based on his technique and fundamentals he might even be coached up to play LT in the future.

From CBS Sports:

Though Martin lacks the prototypical size of a modern NFL tackle, he has exhibited impressive technique and better-than-average strength, and after a strong Senior Bowl showing, many scouts believe he could not only play on the outside at the next level, but could do so very well.He’s instinctive, tough and technically sound despite lacking elite athleticism, and his biggest appeal to NFL scouts may be his versatility as many believe he could step in and succeed either at tackle or guard, as a pro.
Why he fits in with the Chiefs: John Dorsey does a good job of finding linemen who can play multiple positions on the line without being just position-less due to mediocrity.
Zack Martin would be an ideal prospect for KC since Jon Asamoah is in the wind and the tackle positions are a little unstable. He could sit behind current players and find his natural fit or be a great insurance policy.
The good thing is its very possible he might be there when the Chiefs pick, but there are a lot of teams desperate for line help ahead of them. That and there are some other holes – like WR – that KC could fill in the first round. A project lineman can be found in later rounds, a la Donald Stephenson.
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