Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/3/12
Jonathan Martin was a three-year starter at left tackle at Stanford, where he protected the blindside of likely No.1 overall pick Andrew Luck. He, like Luck, chose to forego his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft and along with linemate David DeCastro could follow Luck off the board some time in the first round.

Martin did not work out at the NFL Combine and reportedly had a lackluster performance at Stanford's Pro Day, where he was able to do just 20 bench press reps as well as not looking particularly good in position drills. Still, and despite possibly projecting to be a right tackle at the next level, Martin could be the third offensive tackle off the board later this month and be selected in the first round.

Height: 6'5"
Weight: 312 lbs.
Position: Offensive Tackle
Class: Junior
School: Stanford

College Production: All-Pac-12 First Team, 2011: All-Pac-10 First-Team, 2010; All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention, 2009; 37 career starts; Part of offensive line that allowed 22 sacks combined in his three years as a starter; Finalist for the Lombardi Award, 2011

Strengths: Martin exhibits good athleticism, quick feet and lateral agility as a pass blocker, and is a natural bender. Shows very good initial quickness off the ball as both a pass and run blocker, and plays with a good base. Shows good ability to reset his hands and mirror defenders in pass blocking. Has above average intelligence and football smarts, along with excellent character and work ethic. Blocks through the whistle, and plays with a mean streak. Good positional blocker in the running game, and is able to effectively wall off defenders.

Weaknesses: Has only average upper-body strength, and tends to lose the leverage battle in short-yardage situations. Has a tendency to stop his feet, leading to reaching and getting off-balance through contact. Struggles to sustain and dominate while blocking in the open field at times, lacking body control and quick reactions in space. Can be stressed by speed.

Draft Projection: Martin could be drafted sometime in the late first round, and should not fall any farther than the early part of the second round.

Best Landing Spot: 29, Baltimore Ravens - Ravens' left tackle Bryant McKinnie's weight issues are well-documented, and he will turn 33 during the 2012 season. Martin would have a year, at least theoretically, to develop behind McKinnie with an eye toward possibly replacing him as the Ravens' starting left tackle in 2013. Other teams that may have interest in Martin during the first round include the Philadelphia Eagles (No.15 overall), Chicago Bears (No.19), Cleveland Browns (No.22), Pittsburgh Steelers (No.24) and New England Patriots (No.27).

NFL Comparison: D'Brickashaw Ferguson - Ferguson, a three-time Pro Bowler, was a much higher draft pick that Martin is expected to be (fourth overall-2006) but he is similar size to Martin a 6'6" and 310 pounds and has a similar skill set. Ferguson has been very durable as well, starting all 16 regular season games in each of his six NFL seasons with the New York Jets. Any team that brings Martin aboard would almost certainly be happy with similar results.

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