Andrew Luck's blindside protector, offensive tackle Jonathan Martin decided to make the jump to the NFL after his junior season, but would probably have benefited from another year in college to refine his game.
At 6'6" and 308 pounds, the former Cardinal certainly looks the part. Tall and lean with excellent awareness and experience in a pro-style protection scheme, Martin may be best suited to start on the right side in the pros while refining his game.
What the Experts Are Saying:
Does a nice job staying low off the ball when asked to get around on reach blocks and seal. Doesn't waste much motion and can get around opposing linemen quickly. Exhibits good short area quickness when working in tandem on a combination block and then quickly reaching a defender off his frame at the second level. Has anchored the Stanford offensive line the past three years and handled the pressure well of protecting the blindside QB Andrew Luck during that time.
Looks like he has the ability to play left tackle in the NFL, but there are concerns about how he handles edge rushers. Bends fairly well but not great on the second level in the running game. Technically sound with a good base, but needs more work with pass protection.
Martin could develop into a solid swing tackle in time, but probably should not be thrown into a starting lineup right away. With that said, he could most likely play early, and well enough at the pro level for a team that employs a zone/slide protection scheme.
Martin has a pro-ready body and will be a quick learner with the Dolphins. First-round pick Ryan Tannehill will thank Miami's front office for bringing in some serious protection.
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