Instead of drafting Johnny Manziel with the 16th overall pick, the Dallas Cowboys elected to use their first-round pick on Notre Dame’s Zack Martin. This will now be the third offensive linemen the Cowboys have drafted in the past four years. Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick will be rocks on this offensive line for years to come, and adding Martin was another smart long-term investment for Dallas.
Let’s take a look at Martin against some elite college football competition against Stanford:
The Cowboys loved Martin’s versatility, as he has the ability to play guard or tackle. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan will love this pick because he will get a player who can play anywhere on the offensive line. Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com said that the Cowboys are interested in moving Doug Free inside to play guard. That being said, Martin will most likely be the starting right tackle when training camp starts.
By selecting Martin, the Cowboys now have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Martin is definitely not a flashy pick, like Manziel would’ve been. Nonetheless, the selection of Martin fills a pressing need and the Cowboys can now focus on the next few rounds to draft on the defensive side of the ball. The Cowboys can get a ton of good pass rushers in the middle rounds, but the depth at offensive tackle isn’t strong. While Cowboy fans may not be happy, drafting Martin was a safe pick. The presence of Martin on the offensive line will give Tony Romo more time to get the ball out to Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams.