Zack Martin, OL – Notre Dame
Honorable Mention – Devin Street, WR – Pittsburgh
Martin was the best pick of the Cowboys entire draft, not for the player he is (he’s really good, by the way) or the value the Cowboys got choosing him but for what Dallas DID NOT do. Watching players they were targeting such as Anthony Barr, Aaron Donald and Ryan Shazier all go in front of them and faced with the media driven dilemma of Johnny Manziel put the Cowboys in a suddenly difficult spot sitting at the 16th spot in the first round. Other teams only exacerbated this issue by refusing to deal up and leaving the Cowboys with no choice but to make a choice. While it may not have been a “sexy” pick, upgrading the interior of the offensive line in 2014, while possibly providing insurance if the Cowboys and Doug Free part ways in 2015 was the right thing to do in this spot.
Here’s what NFL.com scouts say about Martin:
An athletic, smart, competitive, dependable college left tackle whose length dictates a move inside, where he has plug-and-play ability in a zone-blocking scheme. One of the cleanest prospects in this year’s draft. Engages quickly. Flexible and light on his feet. Can work his hips and maneuver. Seals running lanes. Athletic to pull and trap. Passes off stunts and is alert to blitzers. Sparkling intangibles. Highly respected, hardworking leader who does all the right things.
Barring something completely unforeseen, the Cowboys should have another young stud to go along with Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick which suddenly gives Dallas one of the best offensive lines in all of football.