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Zack Martin a Panther if he follows Moses (in draft) to Promise Land?

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While most draftniks expect Zack Martin to be gone by the 20th pick of the first round or so, his "tweener" status (G/T) could cause him to drop.  Players that drop tend to have a characteristic or two that scares teams--Star's heart issue, for example. If Morgan Moses continues to climb boards (some were worried about him not being there at #28 and even mentioned trading up for him), it could push Martin down.  Throw in the fact that he has shortish arms, and it is possible he becomes the fifth tackle taken.  5 players at any position in round 1 is a stretch, so there is a strong chance that the 5th tackle in the draft is there at #28.

 

This is an article from the Observer a few months ago.  Take a look at the video.  Stranger things have happened.  This was covered to some degree in February, but perhaps it needs to be revisited in light of developments (Cyrus, Tiny, Moses, etc) at T.

 

http://blogs.charlotte.com/panthers/2014/02/zack-martin-notre-dame-carolina-panthers-combine.html

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The funny thing is that he is almost the exact same size as Gross, and has gotten high praise for his play.  So the only real problem is his arm length.  But is it a problem?  Like I said, he is about the same size as Gross, but he only has 32 7/8 inch arms.  However, Gross only has 33 1/4 inch arms...that's just over a quarter of an inch.  A negligible difference.

 

Jason Peters, who nobody has problems with his ability to play LT only has 33 1/8 inch arms.  And Joe Thomas, whom pretty much everyone here would kill for, has arms only 32 1/2 inches long...shorter than Martin's.

 

The point is that while ideally you would like to have a LT with longer arms, it's not a deal breaker.  It's more about technique and ability, which Martin has in spades.  So if he somehow fell to us, I think we would be making a Star-like sprint to the podium when it's our turn to pick.

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I didn't watch enough ND football to form an opinion, but if he's a legit NFL LT prospect I have no problem with it. Everyone gets a little (okay, A LOT) obsessed with measurements this time of year, myself included.

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Reasons?

He'd be better at guard and I just think there'll be better value at that pick. I'd take any of the top 6 WRs, top 3 CBs or top 2 TEs over him. And if Ealy's there I'd take him over Martin for the value. Would like for Lewan to fall.

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I'd take either of them at 28.

 

Exactly...

 

Arm length this and bs that...if you can block you can block...if you can play football you can play football.

 

If anything the "new" NFL should be showing people that measurables are merely a starting point or a sort of base line to start judging from.

 

Trust me if you can play they'll pick you up and arms 2 inches longer than the next man isn't the difference between a starter and a backup.(or a HoF from a nobody)(GOATran a 4.7 or some poo?)

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The fact I've heard so many experts say Martin would be likely a guard in the nfl puts me off, whilst we all watch college football and think we know our stuff, these guys do know what there talking about as most played the game, but saying that any guy we draft will have fors and againsts, nobody's perfect but id rather just draft the best fit for us, I prefer Moses over him personally.

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