ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said Wednesday during a conference call that he "absolutely" expects Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin to be selected in the top 15 picks of the 2014 NFL Draft, and more than likely in the top 12. Coincidentally, of course, the offensive line-needy New York Giants have that 12th overall pick.
McShay called Martin a "classic plug and play guy" who is "absolutely worth at the very least a top 15 pick."
Martin has increasingly been connected to the Giants as the draft has drawn closer, and is considered in some quarters to be the team's most likely selection.
"I love Zack. He just plays the game the way you want it played. He's physical, I thought he got better each and every year. His technique is outstanding. He's not an elite athlete by any stretch of the imagination, but he gets the most out of what he has," McShay said.
"I still think he can be a good starting tackle in the league."
Martin in No. 18 on the Big Blue View Big Board. SB Nation's Mocking The Draft has Martin ranked No. 22.
The Giants value versatility, of course, and Martin is considered a player who could play four positions and possibly five along the line -- much like Justin Pugh whom the Giants took in the first round a year ago.