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Lining Zack Martin Up At Center Would Be a Dumb Idea

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.

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According to Mike Florio of, 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?

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  • Old Frog

    I think it’s more about helping the communication between Frederick and Martin. If Martin learns more about what’s going on at center, it makes him a better guard that’s all.

    • Ryan Ratty

      Good point. I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

  • Chad

    And if they figure out in OTA’s that Frederick is a better guard than Martin, and vice versa at center…it would be dumb NOT to switch them for the simple fact that they weren’t drafted at that position.

    • Ryan Ratty

      Yeah. But if it doesn’t work out, it’s a waste and a lack of chemistry.

  • SmartThinking

    Martin’s a different beast than Frederick, or even Smith. Where Frederick played G at times in college, Martin only played one position…T. The G position is a big enough leap for the kid coming into the pros. In my opinion, there’s a whole lot more responsibility at the C than anywhere else along the line.

    Sure. There’s something to be said for versatility. But the learning curve for Martin at C is vertical. Better to slow down, let Martin settle into the G position before giving him more than he can bite off in one chew.

    • Ryan Ratty

      Let’s just hope Martin pans out. The combination of Martin and Frederick will hopefully be a good one.

  • Guy Smith

    Man if this kid becomes a Biust, and Lawrence is only OK, the Dallas fans will riot.

    • Ryan Ratty