Ravens First Round Scouting Report: Zack Martin
The Ravens have been incredibly active especially over the past week in the Free Agent market. The team was able to lock up Eugene Monroe to patrol the left side but will still need a replacement for Michael Oher, the former First-Rounder who signed with Tennessee last week. Might the Ravens look to the draft to find that replacement?
Let’s take a look. (You can discuss Martin on the BSL Board here.)
Height: 6’4″ Weight: 308 lbs. 40 Time: DNP
-All-Around solid game; very few holes
-Excellent footwork and balance
-Intelligent; Strong communication skills
-Not ideal NFL Tackle size; perhaps better suited at Guard
-Small hands and arm length; May have difficulty holding edge with elite rushers
-Did not participate in 40-yd dash due to minor injury
After sifting through the reports one word stands out when describing Martin – Solid. In terms of physical presence he is well built, has displayed a strong knowledge of blocking technique and conducts himself as a professional off the field as well. It would seem that the only thing really holding teams back from choosing him in the Top Ten would be his size. At six foot four he isn’t ideally suited as a starting pro tackle while his hands and arm length also suggest he could struggle as a pass protector.
Otherwise he’s passed every other test thrown his way, be it on the field or at the Combine. He finished up an excellent career for the Irish in 2013 showing an ability to handle the blitz and to open holes in the ground game. He also had scouts raving about his Senior Bowl performance where he combined quickness, burst, and technique to halt anyone in front of him regardless of position.
Scouts may debate where he will have the most success in the his pro career but they all agree that whomever selects Martin is getting a player that should be expected to contribute right away up front. If Baltimore were to pick the Notre Dame product they could decide to let him operate at Guard while moving Kelechi Osemele back to Right Tackle or vice versa. Either way it could fill a position of need for the Ravens.
Matt is a lifelong Maryland resident and graduate of both Calvert Hall and Towson University. Before joining BSL, Matt worked as the Senior Site Editor for Baltimore Gridiron Report, providing commentary and analysis. He’s also written articles for Russell Street Report, and has appeared as a guest on 1370AM. Matt Co-Hosts Ravens Rap weekly with Mike Randall. Matt currently lives in Bel Air, just minutes away from his job teaching high school history and economics for Harford County Public Schools.