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2016 NFL Draft: Nick Martin selected 50th overall by Houston Texans

Nick Martin - C, Notre DamePick Analysis


Nick Martin – C, Notre Dame

Pick Analysis

Brock Osweiler is a very happy man. He is primary a centre, however has the ability to play both guard spots. He is extremely tough and mean and is willing to block at the second level. A natural born leader and play caller at the point of attack. Some say he has average speed and can sometimes over reach on his blocks. But he has a longevity you want in a centre and he will start somewhere from day one. Thomas Clapham

Player Analysis

For much of his time with the Irish, Nick has been regularly referred to as Zack’s brother, the Cowboy’s star offensive guard who also played for the Golden Domers.  He deserves all the credit for his own excellent performances and potential as a future NFL starter himself however.  Martin has been a key piece of the Notre Dame offensive line for the majority of three seasons, totalling 37 starts.  Most of those came at center, but following a reshuffle early on in the 2014 season due to struggles by the unit as a whole led to 10 starts at left guard, giving Martin experience and potential added versatility to fill in at multiple spots on the interior.  He returned to anchoring the middle of the line in his senior season, his second as a team captain for the Fighting Irish.  The post season has gone well for Martin, as one of the few offensive linemen who succeeded in holding up against an otherwise mostly dominant defensive line group at the Senior Bowl, that saw him perform strongly both in practices and during the game that concluded the week in Mobile.  While not the most athletically gifted O-lineman, and lacking ideal arm length despite good height, Martin makes up for it with his outstanding toughness and aggression, bringing an effective nasty demeanour to his blocking.  The other standout trait to his game is his high football IQ that sees him demonstrate excellent situational and field awareness, adjusting well to second blocks and late blitzers and finding linebackers on the second level in the run game.  His character and toughness overall are strong intangibles that he brings to the table.  Though describing him as very polished would be a slight stretch, Martin is technically sound and stout at the point of attack in pass protection.  This is a center prospect who looks the part of a long term starter who should be trusted to step in and play immediately. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B


2016 NFL Draft: Nick Martin selected 50th overall by Houston Texans

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