Nick Martin   OC/OG   Notre Dame

Nick has the lateral agility that is needed to play center in the NFL. He has overall good athletic talent with nice foot quickness to be used in a pulling offensive line blocking system. He is quick out of his stance and getting out to the second level to make blocks against linebackers. He is smart, picks up blitzing players and can make those combo blocks that make it easy for running backs to run the ball up the middle. Nick has excellent pass blocking skills and is stout against a bull rush while at the same time, is able to mirror his man and turn his hips to drive a pass rusher up the field allowing his quarterback to slide in the pocket. Because of Nickís athletic talent, it would not surprise me at all that he could play more than one position on the line of scrimmage and, because of his size, be very successful.

Nick will have to get stronger in his upper and lower body. There are some technique issues that he has to clean up, but these are normal concerns for college offensive linemen who go to class. He also has to lower his pad level when run blocking. Nick doesnít seem involved at all in reading the front seven and calling out the blocking scheme for the offensive line. Of course with a coach like they have at Notre Dame, this doesnít surprise me and is mostly one of the reasons this offense has to constantly overcome the play calling of the OC/HC.

Nick is used all over this offensive line and down the field blocking for this offensive system. He is pulling out on sweeps and screens and going easily to the second level to block linebackers and safeties. He is going up against nose tackles one-on-one and up against defensive tackles and the truth is, I donít think Iíve seen him miss one block on any film I have on him. He finishes his blocks and although there are times he struggles because he loses leverage or doesnít use his hands quickly enough, he doesnít have a lot of penalties against him because he MOVES HIS FEET. That is the biggest negative issue that most offensive linemen have -- they engage and then stop moving their feet. I see it all the time and thatís the reason you will see them lunge, lose leverage, hold, fall on the ground and bend at the waist. When you find a big offensive lineman who does engage and then continues to move his feet, chances are you have the start of a pretty good offensive lineman. Nick has to learn the mental aspects of his position, but as soon as he learns that and gets into a pro style workout program, I believe you will have a Pro Bowl center and the start of a Pro Bowl offensive line.

Drew Boylhart  FEB.2016