Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin should be a coveted prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft as the likely second player at his position to come off the board. He started 24 of 26 games at left tackle for the Cardinal and opted out of his final year of eligibility to play in the NFL.
Heady and athletic
- Strong work ethic
- Intelligent on and off the field
- Elite potential
- Understands leverage and plays with a good pad level most of the time
- Rarely lets himself get out of control
- Versatile and can play both tackle positions
- 34-inch arms provide a massive wingspan
- Lateral agility, natural knee bend to mirror defenders
- Blocks through the whistle
- Quick feet
- Experienced zone blocker
- Great anticipation
- Needs stronger hands to avoid stack-and-shed situations
- Can be overpowered at times
- Lacks downfield speed for the position (minor concern and scheme-dependent weakness)
- Only adequate size (6-foot-5, 312 pounds)
- Product of a strong offensive line and Andrew Luck?
Expected draft placement
Assuming USC's Matt Kalil is a top-three selection, Martin is likely to come off the board as early as No. 8 to the Miami Dolphins and probably no later than No. 18 to the San Diego Chargers.
The Carolina Panthers (No. 9), Buffalo Bills (No. 10), Kansas City Chiefs (No. 11) and Arizona Cardinals (No. 13) should be considered the frontrunners for Martin's services.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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