Jonathan Martin Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February – 1 – 2012
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"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Jonathan Martin"Jonathan Martin


Ht. 6-6 Wt. 308

Pass Blocking:  Jonathan Martin possesses an athletic frame with natural bend and flexibility.  He’s not as athletic as some of the other top tackles in this draft and at times struggles with speed rushers.  His tendency to get overextended with his upper body makes his footwork a mess and kills him with edge speed.  His footwork is tremendously better in space and mirrors very well.  I worry about his ability to play the left side in the NFL because he struggles to stick with defenders on contact.  Solid leverage with natural bend versus power.

Run Blocking:  Has a little mean streak to him in the run game.  Stays low off the ball and reach blocks as well as any tackle in this draft.  Good football IQ as he understands angles and can set the edge.  Good short area quickness on combo blocks and can get to the second level quickly.  One negative is that he is on the ground a lot in the run game which makes me believe he struggles with balance on contact.

Technique:  The only problem I have with Martin from a technique standpoint is that he doesn’t use his hands well.  He loses defenders too often and his hands get to the outside way too much.  It could become a problem in the NFL as officials will be eyeing it more often.  I like his footwork for the most part and he exhibits a solid base.

Athleticism/Strength:  Solid athlete with good flexibility and bend for a guy that’s 6’6.  His feet and hands are coordinated and he gets to second level quickly.  He’s not as strong as I originally thought.  He’s a little thin in the lower body and will have to work on strengthening that.

Bottom Line:  I’m not as high on Martin as most and think he’ll be overdrafted in the April.  He’s got all the physical tools but I don’t see him as a natural left tackle.  His lack of physicality strikes me as concerning as he didn’t stand out as much as I would like from a guy being talked about as a high first-rounder.

Draft Projection:  Top 20

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