While many people thought the pick was going to be Johnny Manziel, it turned out the Dallas Cowboys wanted to draft Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier. The Cowboys need an athletic player who can play the weakside linebacker. Bruce Carter was supposed to flourish as the WILL linebacker, but his 2013 was subpar to say the least. After the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Shazier a pick before them, madness was going on in the Cowboys’ war room. The Cowboys fielded dozens of calls, but no one wanted to trade up.
Dallas’ best available player on their board was Manziel, but Jerry Jones said how no quarterback could beat out Tony Romo. That being said, the Cowboys elected to take Notre Dame’s Zack Martin. At the Senior Bowl, Martin said how he could play anywhere across the offensive line. NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock backed up this statement and he said he would thrive at any position on the offensive line. Many have said that Martin is the safest pick in the draft. While he may have more potential than him, Martin is a safer prospect than Greg Robinson. Martin won’t knock over opponents like Larry Allen did, but he is a technician and he gets the job done.
Like Travis Frederick, Martin isn’t the fastest player, as is the case by his 40-time. But, Martin is capable of getting to the second level of the defense. At 6’4″, 308 pounds, Martin could easily play tackle or guard. From what Bryan Broaddus and Mike Fisher are saying, the Cowboys will play Martin at guard in his rookie season, but he could the starting right tackle in his second season if Doug Free doesn’t improve.
With the Cowboys picking Martin, it was the third time in the past four years where they drafted an offensive line. In 2013, the Cowboys drafted Frederick out of Wisconsin after they traded back in the first round. In 2011, the Cowboys drafted Tyron Smith in the top ten. Championships are won in the trenches and the Cowboys have a great foundation in that group. It shouldn’t be long until the Cowboys have three offensive linemen in the Pro Bowl.
Stay turned for our grade on second-round pick Demarcus Lawrence.