When the SB Nation Mock Draft came out on Monday, the selection for the New York Giants was Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. That is a player I had not seen connected to the Giants previously, which makes him a natural for today's 2012 NFL Draft Prospect Profile.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post isn't sold on Martin as an early pick, and the fact that he has Martin ranked No. 62 on his Big Board tell you he does not believe Martin is a first-round talent. Bunting says:
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.
Draft Tek provides an interesting profile of Martin, which indicates both pros and cons:
Martin is an interesting prospect who displays elite athleticism. He hails from a pro-style offense and is a punishing run blocker. Martin uses his speed, leverage and football IQ to provide explosion when pulling to lead outside runs. He shows the capacity to win at the point of attack on a regular basis, and has a lot of upside at the next level.
Martin is considered by some to be raw, but much of his technique problems are fixable. His biggest issue will come from his lack of elite strength (due to an underdeveloped lower body) and the ability for pass rushers to fool him on double moves. Martin tends to overcommit at times, falling for swim moves and letting his man beat him.
Overall, Jonathan Martin is a clear first round pick, and not as raw as many pundits paint him to be, but he could fall into the "great athlete, bad tackle" malaise and underachieve at the next level without some improvement in his anticipation. Martin is a good player though, and his pro-style pedigree should serve him well in his transition to the NFL.
Pro Football Weekly says:
Functional run blocker with three years starting experience in a pro-style system. Is not as polished in pass protection, but boasts terrific size and should develop into a quality, balanced tackle. Could start readily on the right side before moving to the blind side.
Jonathan Martin Profile
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