Editor’s Note: As we get ready for the 2012 NFL Draft, we’ll be “meeting” some players who just might find their way to Buffalo come April. In this series we’ll take a look at possible Bills draft picks and break down their abilities and potential.
Overview: He may not be as famous as the quarterback he’s protected for the past two years, but this big offensive tackle is an excellent NFL prospect in his own right. A two-year starter for some excellent Stanford teams, he’s sure to follow his teammate Andrew Luck early in the first round of this year’s draft.
Strengths: There’s a ton to like about Martin. He certainly looks the part of the NFL left tackle at 6’6, 304 pounds. His greatest assets are his intelligence, football instincts, and run blocking ability. It’s not surprising a Stanford man is smart, but his high football IQ and keen awareness on the field really set him apart. In the run game, Martin is a monster, mowing down defensive linemen and then getting to the next level with ease. Incredible athletically and really quick off the snap. Tough and will fight when engaged. His footwork, particularly in the running game, is superb. Outstanding intangibles and leadership ability – he’ll fit right into any locker room.
Weaknesses: Some room to improve in the passing game. Struggles some with speed rushers. His footwork occasionally gets him in trouble in protection. Doesn’t always finish his blocks.
Overview: Martin’s a big-time talent with the potential to be a Hall of Famer down the road. In the run game, especially, he’s a force. Still raw in pass protection and will need work, but he’s so athletic and smart that you can imagine he’ll improve.