The Dallas Cowboys drafted Zack Martin in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Coming out of Notre Dame, Martin played left tackle throughout his college career, but many NFL personnel saw him as a guy who could easily make the transition to play the guard position. At the start of OTAs, there were rumors that the Cowboys would be starting Martin at the right guard position, but in the past few days, there has been a new rumor floating around out there.
According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, Martin has been taking snaps at the center position and Travis Frederick, Dallas’ 2013 first-round pick, has played guard. Considering the fact that Frederick was one of the best centers in the league last year, the idea of Martin playing center and Frederick playing guard is blasphemous to say the least. Jason Garrett said that the Cowboys saw Martin as a guy who could play all five offensive line positions.
Even though the Cowboys had a good offensive line last year, drafting Martin in the first round made this one a dominant one. Doug Free started off well last year, but his play digressed down the stretch and this year might be Free’s last in Dallas if he doesn’t improve. Martin and Frederick are both upgrades at the right guard position over Mackenzy Bernadeau. The problem is that there shouldn’t be a debate over who should play the position. Martin has the skillset to play guard, while Frederick is a smart football player. Even in his rookie season, Frederick made such an impact on this offensive guard. The question remains, why would the Cowboys even think of moving Frederick to guard?