The market for offensive tackles this year is strange to say the least. Matt Kalil will go high whether the Vikings select him or not. For the bookends rated behind Kalil, the waters are muddied. Draftniks have placed Mike Adams, Riley Reiff and Jonathan Martin all over the first round.
Martin, not to be confused with the famous English arsonist by the same name, was the left tackle in Stanford’s pro style offense. The Cardinal’s passing game, which was predicated on quick passes, suited Martin’s game almost perfectly. When plays were extended, often times due to the scrambling abilities of Andrew Luck, Martin struggled and showed his lack of strength when pitted against powerful edge rushers.
Martin’s parents are Harvard graduates, a fact that was used to describe Martin as ‘not very tough.’ Excuse me while I wipe the excess vomit from the sides of my mouth. After starring for three years in Palo Alto, Martin opted to forgo his senior year for the NFL. Sounds like he loves football to me. What about you, nameless scouts? Whether Martin’s potential at left tackle warrants a first-round pick is questionable, and the sheer value of behemoth OT prospects will see him drafted higher than he should be in all likelihood.
Weight: 312 Pounds
Born: December 29, 1989
40-yard dash: 5.43
Vertical jump: 30 inch
Broad jump: 104 inch
Bench Press: 20 reps at 225 Pounds
Arm length: 34 inches
Hands: 9 7/8 inches
*Martin’s numbers were taken from his pro day at Stanford
2011: First Team All-Pac 10 selection, started 37 of 39 games at Stanford
2010: First Team All-Pac 10 selection
2009: Honorable mention First team All-Pac 10
2008: Red shirted
What the experts say
It’s always difficult to isolate players in well-varnished, talent-rich pro-style offenses and assess their true NFL potential; often, you’re better off getting a read on a player standing out on a bad offense or defense. Martin presents this problem, because as much as you have to like his experience in a legitimate pro-style offense (not just the conservative offenses some schools like to run, but a real NFL-style set of schemes), the liabilities that show up on tape should give evaluators pause when asking themselves if Martin can be their franchise left tackle.
He’s got the NFL size, length and overall athletic skill set. However, he’s not a natural anchor player and doesn’t strike me as a guy who is ever going to be real physical at the next level. He can mirror in space, but struggles to stick through contact and isn’t real heavy handed. Looks like a finesse tackle who will get over drafted because of athletic talent, but is going to have a hard time keeping the edge clean at the next level.
Martin sets the edge well and is a good athlete to hit blocks on the second level. He had some penalty problems earlier in the season, but cleared that up. Martin is a better run-blocking franchise left tackle prospect than many former high first-rounders, but he will need to continue to improve his pass blocking for the NFL.
I think he’s more of a right tackle and I think he’s a little bit soft. I’m not a big Jonathan Martin fan. I think he goes later in the first round. Twenty to 32. For the Eagles to draft him and plug him in on the left side Day 1 would scare me.
I don’t think he has left tackle feet or right tackle power. I look at him as a fourth-round-type project, but he’s getting looks in the second round and possible late in the first. He will be considerably over-drafted.
Stanford junior tackle Jonathan Martin is all over draft boards and receiving grades from the first round to the second day. We hear the Detroit Lions could be surprise suitors for the athletic blocker late in round one. Why? Several sources have told us the injury suffered in last years playoff game to aged veteran Jeff Backus is the primary reason. Another factor is the teams other tackle, Gosder Cherilus, will be a free agent after the 2012 season and the Lions have made no overtures to extend his contract to date.
Martin was also just average in the vertical (30″) and broad jump (8’8″) – at least in comparison to how other highly regarded offensive tackles performed at the Combine. While Martin’s disappointing Pro Day will no doubt raise some concerns, three impressive years protecting Luck’s blind side speaks for itself and will almost surely keep the big man in the draft’s initial frame.
Martin displays good agility, has the strength to take on power rushers and he moves outside nicely in pass protection. Coming out of Stanford’s pro-style scheme, Martin has good football intelligence. Good at making adjustments throughout the game. Solid athlete. Three-year starter at tackle.While Martin is very good in a lot of areas, he’s not elite anywhere. Needs to keep his feet moving, especially through contact. Will sometimes give up the inside gap while trying to maintain the edge. Hasn’t been used much on the move.
Thanks to Mike Adams’ positive drug test at the Combine, it’s reasonable to assume Martin will be the third tackle off the board after Kalil and Reiff. Teams in the latter half of the first round, including Detroit, Pittsburgh and Chicago, will give Martin a long look.