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
With the 27th pick in the 2014 NFL FanSided Mock Draft, the New Orleans Saints select Offensive Tackle, Zack Martin, of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Zack Martin, Notre Dame, OT – The New Orleans Saints select Zack Martin with the 27th pick. Martin fills a need for the team’s offensive line, as the future of current Saints Tackle, Zach Strief, is uncertain. The Saints also have little developmental depth at offensive tackle. Former starter, Charles Brown, is also set to become a free agent. For these reasons, Martin’s immediate role with the team is uncertain, but would likely fit the bill for playing right tackle for the Saints. Other considerations for the Saints 27th pick included a 3-4 DE/OLB and cornerback.
Weight: 305 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 5.05-5.25 seconds
Arm Length: 32 1/4″
Hand Length: 9 3/4″
Potential Comparison: Justin Pugh (NY Giants)
ESPN Draft Guru, Mel Kiper Jr., released his first Mock Draft recently, which had the Saints selecting Tennessee’s massive offensive tackle, Antonio ‘Tiny’ Richardson. While Richardson was available for this mock draft at the current position, and many scouts believing that Martin is better suited to move to Guard in the NFL, I personally felt that Martin is built for longevity, and is a solid choice for the Saints offensive scheme.
I don’t believe Martin’s size would be an issue, and there’s a lot to love about a player who played every single game for his team since freshman year. Martin shows good quickness off the snap, ability to pick up blitzing players from the outside, and a strong presence in the run/pass game. He improved each season for the Fighting Irish.
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