Could Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin, who has drawn some comparisons to Justin Pugh, be the selection for the New York Giants at No. 12 in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft? NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said during a conference on Wednesday that Martin to the Giants "wouldn't shock me."
"To me there's no real mystery to him. You know exactly what you're getting. I think he's one of the safer players in the draft. He can play tackle if you want him to, he can slide inside and play guard," Jeremiah said. "I think he's definitely somebody that's on the move to the point where when you look at Giants are picking at No. 12, maybe that would be surprising a month ago. That wouldn't shock me if Zack Martin went all the way up that high."
During a pre-Scouting Combine conference call premier NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock called Martin "a better prospect" than Pugh, whom the Giants selected 19th overall a season ago.
Some analysts have Martin rated ahead of Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, a player we have talked about at length here. Recent mock drafts have sometimes had Martin coming off the board prior to Lewan, probably partially because of Martin's versatility and partially due to the character concerns surrounding Lewan.
Mocking The Draft considers Martin a guard for the purposes of its positional rankings, and has him No. 2 at that position behind Xavier Su'a-Filo of UCLA. Martin is No. 22 on the Mocking The Draft Big Board, and No. 23 on the Big Blue View Big Board.
In his prospect profile of Martin, 'Invictus' seemed to have no real issue with the idea that Martin could be the pick:
Martin is not a sexy pick for the Giants at 12. Don't be surprised (or upset...well okay, you can be a little upset if you want) if it happens. It would give the Giants two well-rounded, solid 10-year starters on the offensive line and would make them one step closer towards building that elite offense.
Many say Martin would be an all-pro guard while only being a "good" tackle. I think I'll disagree a bit with that. The same argument was made against Pugh and it's all because of lazy analysis looking at arm length. I think Martin's ability to mirror with his feet and his recovery speed make him a very strong tackle prospect and I really do think he can succeed there.
Would you be OK with the selection of Martin at 12, Giants' fans?