Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 2/42 - Jonathan Martin, OT, 6-5, 312, Stanford...The Dolphins hoped to fortify the offensive line in this draft and took this three-year starter at left tackle in the second round to do so. The Dolphins will ask him to move to the right side, where he'll compete with Lydon Murtha for the starting right tackle spot. - The Sports Xchange
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08/19/12 - RT Jonathan Martin has been the team's starting right tackle since training camp began. The Dolphins are fully invested in the growth and development of the 2012 second-round pick.
Problem is, he's struggling tremendously, and there's no way to hide it. Martin allowed two sacks against the Panthers. He was also penalized for holding and a false start. He presently leads the offensive line in penalties, most of which are false starts.
"Everyone can tell it wasn't my best performance," Martin said. "There are little things I've got to correct. I give the Carolina defenders a lot of credit, but I was beating myself out there."
Martin said the Panthers rotated defensive linemen on him consistently, and those players mixed up their pass rushing technique. That approach kept him guessing.
"He wasn't God awful. Wasn't like he got beat right off the bat," head coach Joe Philbin said, describing one of the sacks Martin allowed.
"He had a bad holding call. A really bad holding call, and I thought he maybe could have got called for another one later."
So what was the lesson learned from the second preseason game?
"Stick to your basics, your technique," said Martin, who started three years at left tackle for the Stanford Cardinals.
Martin's intelligence was one of the reasons the Dolphins valued him enough to prevent Lydon Murtha, Artis Hicks or Nate Garner from competing with him for the starting right tackle spot. But if his struggled continue, it might be time to experiment with a replacement.
08/05/12 - OT Jonathan Martin, the team's second-round pick, spent his second week as the Dolphins' starting right tackle. The Dolphins are allowing this Stanford left tackle to settle into the new spot, becoming more comfortable on the right side.
05/29/12 - OT Jonathan martin was signed by the Dolphins. Martin was Miami's second round selection (42nd overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Stanford University. A three-year starter for the Cardinal, Martin played in 39 career games with 37 starts. He earned first-team All-American honors and was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's outstanding lineman in 2011. Born August 19, 1989, Martin attended Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, California, where he helped lead the team to an 8-4 record and a second round berth in the Southern Section/Del Ray League playoffs as a senior.
05/10/12 - OT Jonathan Martin, the team's second-round pick, took his first snaps as a Dolphin playing right tackle during last week's rookie camp.
Coach Joe Philbin had a positive assessment of Martin, a three-year starter at left tackle at Stanford, during rookie camp.
"I like the way (Martin) looked like when he bent his knees, he bent his knees very well at the position," Philbin said. "I like the way he did that, I thought that his initial footwork was good. We really liked the way in his pass protection he used his hands when he was coming out in the draft. He's got very good length and he got very good timing on his punch."
But Philbin also hinted the linemen needing to step it up his offseason conditioning, which is critical to survive the heat and humidity of South Florida's summers.
04/30/12 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 2/42 - Jonathan Martin, OT, 6-5, 312, Stanford...The Dolphins hoped to fortify the offensive line in this draft and took this three-year starter at left tackle in the second round to do so. The Dolphins will ask him to move to the right side, where he'll compete with Lydon Murtha for the starting right tackle spot. - The Sports Xchange
04/27/12 - OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford -- The finesse junior might not be the ideal fit on the right side, but the bootleg, West Coast system offensive coordinator Mike Sherman will run gives Martin's movement skills added value.
04/26/12 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 27. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford*: While each of the rest of Stanford's "Fantastic Four" prospects met or exceeded expectations at their March 22 Pro Day, Martin, frankly, was a disappointment. It is hard to argue with the success he's had protecting Luck's blindside over the past three seasons but demonstrating less athleticism than expected during drills, some have concerns that he doesn't possess the feet to remain at left tackle in the NFL. Worse, with just 20 repetitions in the bench press, some worry that Martin might struggle at right tackle. I'm moving him down my board but do still believe that he'll ultimately hear his name called in the first round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/19/12 - The offensive tackle comes from a family of Harvard graduates and nearly chose to play for the Crimson. Instead, he opted to study the classics at Stanford - not a bad school in its own right - and, most important, starred for three years in the Cardinal’s complex, NFL-mimicking offense. After being told by the NFL’s advisory committee that he’d likely be a first-round draft pick this spring, Martin is following quarterback Andrew Luck and guard David DeCastro, fellow Stanford juniors, from the Pac-12 to the pros. “I was done with school,” says Martin, who is a few credits shy of his degree. “I enjoyed my time at Stanford, but I was ready to take the next step after talking to my coaches and family.” After thriving in a program that took off under former coach Jim Harbaugh, who took over the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, and serving as Luck’s blindside sentinel - Martin politely laughed at the notion that he might be blocking for an inferior quarterback once he makes the NFL leap - the two-time all-conference selection doesn’t anticipate a rocky transition. “We run a West Coast system, same terminology (as the NFL), same protections, and we carry a very thick playbook every week,” he says. - USA TODAY
04/09/12 - 2012 NFL COMBINE MEDICAL RECHECK: OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford (6-5, 312): Martin joined fellow Stanford prospects Andrew Luck and David DeCastro in declaring early for the NFL Draft, but his draft stock hasn't been moving in the same direction as his former teammates. After pulling out of the combine workouts because of an "illness," Martin looked very average at Stanford's pro day with poor workout numbers in the 40-yard dash (5.33), bench press (20), vertical (30") and broad jump (8'8"). He is still expected to go in the first round, but that thought is far from a certainty. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
04/02/12 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: *Jonathan Martin, Stanford, 6-5, 312...Martin turned down the opportunity to be the first fourth-generation African-American Harvard student in history to become a scholar-athlete at Stanford. So for the past three years his parents, both Harvard grads, watched him do something he only could have done at Stanford -- protect the blind side of quarterback Andrew Luck. He did well enough to accomplish something he probably couldn't have managed at Harvard -- be considered as a first-round draft choice. Not all scouts agree that Martin has the natural strength to be highly successful as a pro pass protector, but he did manage to get the job done in Stanford's pro-style offense. He seemed more comfortable as a run blocker, but that is not unusual. Some scouts believe Stanford's zone blocking scheme helped Martin maximize his results and that he will need more strength to battle the behemoths he will encounter in the NFL. That concern was amplified when, after not working out at the scouting combine, Martin managed only 20 reps on the bench with 225 pounds at Stanford's pro day. He does flash some attitude on the field, but is far from a bully. Martin was named first team All-Pac-10 in 2010 and first-team All-Pac-12 in 2011. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange