Name:Zack Martin College:Notre DameNumber: 70 Height: 6-4 Weight: 308 Position:OGPos2: OT Class/Draft Year:rSr/2014 40 Low: 5.08 40 Time:5.2240 High: 5.43
Projected Round:1Stock:High: Early 1st Low: Late 1st Rated number 1 out of 165 OG's12 / 2255 TOTAL
Data Scout Notes: 2013: 1stM...PLombardi/POutland/TSX-PTW...2012: 1stM/WCamp2nd...PLombardi/POutland...2011: Poutland
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09/11/14 - G Zack Martin is further along as a rookie than C Tyrone Frederick was last season. Martin was a walk-in starter after being picked in the first round of the 2014 draft just as Frederick was last year. But that's where the similarities end, according to Frederick himself.
"I think he's in a better spot than I was when I was a rookie after my first game," Frederick said. "I would say he's probably at least to where I was halfway through the season. You can tell that he's ahead and he's going to be a really good player."
Frederick said Martin is just a natural. "During camp last year I was always falling over on the ground," Frederick said. "I was on the ground, off balance or I was playing with light hands or things like that. He's naturally more adept at some things than I was. He's put himself in a better situation to be able to handle it more quickly."
08/10/14 - RG Zack Martin, the rookie from Notre Dame, handled himself well in the preseason opener against the Chargers.
"It was a little nerve wracking, but once you get in there and get a couple of plays under your belt, you start to calm down a little bit," Martin said.
05/11/14 - The Cowboys came into the draft looking to change their fortunes by improving a defense that was not only worst in the league last season but the worst in team history. But with their top defensive targets off the board -- UCLA defensive end Anthony Barr to Minnesota at No. 9, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald went to St. Louis 13th and Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier two picks later -- the Cowboys did the next best thing. They drafted Martin, a versatile offensive lineman who could be the top guard or second-ranked tackle in this draft, to help what is already a dynamic offense and give franchise quarterback Tony Romo more protection. "One of my biggest things is my versatility," Martin said. "Any thing I can do to help the team is what I'm willing to do."
Recall Romo is coming off back surgery for the second straight offseason and turns 34 in 2014. Some wondered why the Cowboys didn't push to get a pass rusher after DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher moved on. But with 10 more picks in the draft, there is time to focus on defense the rest of the way, starting with the second and third rounds Friday. This is the third time in four years that the Cowboys have taken an offensive lineman in the first round. That is quite a change for a team that didn't take an offensive lineman in the first round from 1989-2010. Martin joins left tackle Tyron Smith in 2011 and center Travis Frederick in 2013. Look the Cowboys to plug Martin in at right guard next to Doug Free with a possible move to tackle in 2015 when Free becomes a free agent. Martin said they spoke to him about playing guard Thursday night. - The Sports Xchange
05/11/14 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 1/16 -- Zach Martin, OL, 6-4, 308, Notre Dame...The Cowboys passed quarterback Johnny Manziel to take him. He started every game the last two years at Notre Dame. He is very versatile, can play all five positions. Will be a walk-in starter at guard and move to tackle next season. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 12/1. Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame, 6-4, 308, 5.22, 1...Although all 39 of his college starts were at tackle, teams are looking at Martin mostly as a guard. He is short for a left tackle and perhaps not powerful enough for a right tackle. Regardless, he is a team leader who made a case for himself at tackle with a good showing in the Senior Bowl workouts. Frankly: Picking a position for him to play is the only issue. This smart, aware, two-time team captain with the most career games in Notre Dame history (52) can certainly play somewhere. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com