30 for 29: This is the thirteenth in a daily series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.
Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
6-4, 308 pounds, 11/20/90
Grew up in Indianapolis. Redshirted in 2009 and played tackle positions (mostly left) from 2010 through 2013. Started a record 52 games for the Fighting Irish. Two-time captain, one of only 18 players in Notre Dame history to have that responsibility. Named MVP of Notre Dame’s bowl win over Rutgers. Did 29 reps in the bench but didn’t run the 40 at the NFL Combine because of hamstring tightness.
TO THE GOOD
Described as “one of the cleanest prospects in the draft” by Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com. Durable, a good leader and a very technically sound lineman. Has good balance and quickness and mirrors his man well. Was outstanding in postseason showcase games at both guard and tackle. Has requisite amount of nastiness and can get out and move to the second level where he can get on linebackers.
TO THE BAD
His relative shortcomings in terms of height and weight are going to most likely force a move inside to guard. He has no experience there (though he should be fine). He is somewhat similar to Logan Mankins but doesn’t have the rare, raw edge that Mankins exhibits on the field and is not the same kind of brawler.
Yes he is, but it may require a move up to the top 20 to get it done. The Patriots could satisfy their interior line concerns later, one supposes, with a number of decent prospects. The Patriots have Logan Mankins’ age and contract status to weigh going forward so an interior offensive lineman is an expected draft pickup.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: No. 19 to Dolphins
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: No. 19 to Dolphins