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Prospect Profiles: Jonathan Martin


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-6, 304, 5.33



What I like…

– Possesses an athletic looking frame with solid length for the position.
– Showcases natural bend and flexibility when asked to sit into his stance.
– Can keep his base under him and knees bend initially on his kick slide.
– Does a nice job initially maintaining proper balance with his footwork when trying to reach speed off the edge and set.
– Showcases natural range to the corner. Exhibits a good first step and the ability to reach quick-twitch pass rushers.
– Looks natural when asked to quick set. Keeps his base down, hands up and demonstrates natural foot quickness and change of direction skills when asked to mirror in space.
– Exhibits the body control and recovery ability needed to quickly collect himself through contact after he gets overwhelmed at the point.
– Possesses the kind of natural bend and length to gain leverage vs. the bull rush.
– Displayed more of a mean streak to his game in 2011, doing a better job staying engaged and finishing blocks in the run game.
– Works hard through contact to try to create an eventual push as an angle guy.
– Does a nice job staying low off the ball when asked to get around on reach blocks and seal. Doesn’t waste much motion and can get around opposing linemen quickly.
– Exhibits good short area quickness when working in tandem on a combination block and then quickly reaching a defender off his frame at the second level.
– Has experience getting around the edge and pulling into the second level. Exhibits average range in space.
– Understands angles well in the run game. Is coordinated, gets his feet around when looking to set the edge and can seal.
– Has anchored the Stanford offensive line the past three years and handled the pressure well of protecting the blindside QB Andrew Luck during that time.

What I don’t like…

– Isn’t a real physical kid and doesn’t possess the natural girth through the base/hips to get that much stronger in the lower half.
– Tends to pop upright into contact and doesn’t stay real compact with his footwork.
– Isn’t a natural puncher, struggled to uncoil a quick, strong jab and gain inside leverage.
– Isn’t real heavy handed through contact and has a tough time sticking once he gets his hands on defenders. Too often his hands are outside the defenders chest plate.
– Will get overextended into his punch and stop moving his feet, allowing quicker pass rusher to slip him on contact and work the edge.
– Has a tendency to give up a soft corner in pass protection too often because of lacking explosive/power elements to his game.
– Possesses solid recovery ability (not great), but lacks the type of natural power to consistently stick to defenders once they gain a step and simply push them past the play.
– Has a tendency to get upright as an angle blocker in the run game as well and has a tough time gaining leverage.
– Lacks ideal natural power on contact, works hard and eventually can begin to get a push. However, will struggle with balance and ends up on the ground too often as an in-line guy.
– Doesn’t display the type of “plus” range and body control his frame would indicate when asked to block in space.

Impression: He’s got the NFL size, length and overall athletic skill set. However, he’s not a natural anchor player and doesn’t strike me as a guy who is ever going to be real physical at the next level. He can mirror in space, but struggles to stick through contact and isn’t real heavy handed. Looks like a finesse tackle who will get over drafted because of athletic talent, but is going to have a hard time keeping the edge clean at the next level.

Buffalo Bills Draft:


Tall OT prospect who is has a great frame and room to get even bigger…has the ability to stay light on his feet and stay out in front of speed rushers…sinks his hips wells and anchors down on the bull rush…keeps his hands up and protects his chest plate well from defenders who are good with their hands…he’s a natural knee bender…athletic and agile enough to get outside in front of screen passes or sweep plays…does a good job coming down the line for a crack back block…moves his feet well and got good depth on his kick step in the Fiesta Bowl.


Was inconsistent with his footwork during the season, against Oregon he struggled with the  speed rush of Kaddu and Jordan but against Oklahoma State he wasn’t beat once…needs to bulk up some, listed at 305 but looks even lighter on the field…questions exist about his arm length…needs to work on extending his arms once engaged and maintaining control…would like to see him develop his punch and use it to neutralize DE’s rush…must continue to show up like he did in the Fiesta Bowl and avoid the ‘heavy feet’ label.

FF Toolbox:

Andrew Luck isn’t the only Stanford prospect with first round potential.

Martin’s strengths revolve around his high football IQ, quickness and ability to move well in open space. He displays an elite talent for run blocking. Using a low pad level, he moves defenders to create running room. He can quickly get to the second level and has sufficient speed to pull.

As a pass protector, there is room for improvement. Sometimes relies too much on quickness to get him into position. His footwork will need to be cleaned up. Bull rushers can catch him off-balance and he will have to do a better job of keeping his balance. Improving his knee-bend while absorbing contact could immediately improve how he takes on power moves. His athleticism, and the upside that comes from it, should benefit him in the NFL as teams will feel they can improve his few technical deficiencies.

Martin has slid down draft boards due to concerns about his size and bulk. He’s not particularly physical and would likely be defined as a finesse blocker. That’s a label some offensive line coaches will shy away from. Martin will need to exhibit a more physical, heavy-handed approach leading up to the draft and show he’s not afraid to get nasty in the trenches


GiantsGab Thoughts:

Jonathan Martin is a highly athletic tackle prospect. Good size. Moves well.Can get to the second level. Can handle speed rushers. Natural bender. Can create seals in the run game. Needs to bulk up. Needs to play tougher. Is starting to slide a bit after being touted as top 10. Has all the physical tools, but needs to play with with more of an attitude, more physical. It’s very possible he will be there at 32. He is a long term starter, if he works at it and bulks up. I think he can play both sides, because he is good in the run game. But has to bulk up and has to play harder. At 32, I think he’s worth it.



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2 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Jonathan Martin”

  1. CHeeKZ Money says:

    like him at 32… LOVE DECASTRO!

  2. […] Martin is one whose stock has been dropping. Had seen him as high as 10, now he’s in the late 20s, early 30s range. But Martin is talented. Really athletic. Can move. Is really smart (turned down a chance to play at Harvard). Protected Andrew Luck’s blindside. His biggest issue right now is bulking up and play more physically. He has left tackle feet, for sure. A year in a NFL strength program will do wonders. There are a lot of teams who need left tackles, and Martin has potential. Could also play right tackle. Do the Giants pull the trigger? Possible. Look, the Giants right now do not have a long term solution at right tackle; as of now, Sean Locklear is the right tackle. James Brewer is an unknown. What are they going to do with David Diehl? Martin would solve all those questions. They could, if they wanted to, let Martin bulk up while Locklear plays for maybe 8 games, and then Martin can take over on the right side, or the left side if Beatty struggles. Finding a quality tackle is key, and the Giants need offensive line upgrades. Martin could provide them with one.  His profile is here. […]

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