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2016 NFL Draft: Notre Dame Center Nick Martin

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The younger Martin follows his brother to the league.

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Physical stature

Height: 6'4"

Arm Length: 32 1/2"

Weight: 299 lbs

Hands: 9 3/4"

Pro Day results

N/A

Combine Results

40 yard dash: 5.22 seconds

3 cone drill: 7.57 seconds

20 yard shuttle: 4.72seconds

Bench press: 28 reps

Broad jump: 97"

Projections:

Round: 2-3

Position: 2

Overall: 65

Season Recap

Nick Martin came back to Notre Dame as a graduate and anchored down the center spot for the Irish for all 13 games in 2015. Martin's leadership in the locker room was evident as he was named a captain for the second straight season. Martin's leadership was important for a 2015 Irish team that was breaking in a red-shirt freshman quarterback, that most presumed to be on the 3rd string last spring, by being responsible for making all of the protection calls on the line. Martin will be following his older brother, Zack, in to the NFL after Zack was drafted in the first round back in 2014 by the Dallas Cowboys.

Strengths

Tough, physical player who likes to play with a mean streak and finishes his blocks. Martin is quick off the snap and usually first into the defender. Has experience at playing both guard and center while at Notre Dame, so that flexibility is really going to help him at the NFL level in making a roster spot. Martin has a high football I.Q. (kind of obvious given the position he plays and who his positional coach was). While not having the most flexible of hips, he is able to move and get out front on screen plays.

Weaknesses

Some concerns over balance issues and placement of his feet. He can sometimes lean and put his weight out over his feet. If a pass rusher gets an early advantage over him, he does have some issues in redirecting the block. As mentioned above, he plays with a mean streak and likes to be physical. However, scouts would like to see him play with a little more discipline (I can understand where they're coming from, but honestly, I prefer offensive linemen to have a nastiness to them). Arm length isn't the best.

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