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Scouting Report: Center, Nick Martin

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As a three-year starter for the Fighting Irish, Nick Martin boasts impressive leadership, intelligence and toughness that general managers and offensive line coaches covet at the center position. Martin, a two time team captain, made all the protection calls and consistently put his unit in the best position to pick up stunts and blitzes. Martin also offers position versatility with starting experience at both guard positions.

Nick Martin | Center, Notre Dame

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Height – 6′ 4″
Weight – 300 lbs.
Year – Senior.

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At First Glance

Notre Dame Offensive Lineman Of The Year.

Rimington Trophy Watch List.

Lombardi Trophy Watch List.


Projected Round:

2nd Round
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Solidly built with great functional strength for the position.

Wins at the point of attach with power, awareness and technique.

High football IQ with mature leadership traits.

Two time team captain and the unquestionable anchor of the middle of the Irish offensive line.

Versatile with starting experience at center and guard.

Competitive motor who will consistently finish blocks.

Plays with a mean streak.

Quick set-up with active feet. Great punch and use of hands.

Strong anchor in pass protection.

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Not a rangy player or explosive athlete.

Limited lateral movement ability in pulling situations.

Average arm length.

Needs to work on consistent bend, balance, and leverage. Too often caught lunging.

MCL tear in 2013 that has limited some of his natural bend and athleticism.

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NFL Player Comparison:

Alex Mack, Cleveland Browns

Like Mack, Martin is not a highly athletic player but should non-the-less have a successful NFL career with his functional strength and technique sound ability.


The Vikings Slant

Vikings fit? Yes

Will center John Sullivan be able to participate in the upcoming Vikings spring workouts after missing the entire 2015 season from two back surgeries?

[quote_box_center]“We’re hoping. We’ve seen him in the weight room the last week or so. He’s moving a lot better. He looks a lot better. His body mass is changing. He’s getting stronger. But who knows? Until you start pushing on 350-pound men, you really don’t know because it’s different than being in the weight room.” Mike Zimmer answered.[/quote_box_center]

Maybe it’s just me, but Zimmer’s response at a recent NFL owner meeting wasn’t convincing enough. The words “hoping” and “who knows” makes me feel like maybe it’s time to consider drafting a quality young center.

If you like John Sullivan, you should also like fellow Notre Dame alum Nick Martin. Martin is ranked as the second best center in the draft and the Vikings might be in the right spot to select him with the 54th pick.

Martin has low bust potential as he looks to continue in his older brother’s footsteps. Zach Martin also graduated from Notre Dame and was drafted in the first-round by the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. Zach is enjoying early success in the NFL as a two-time Pro Bowl guard.[/vc_column_text]

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  1. Yep,really like this guy and think Rick should take him.He has the mean streak that would pair well with Alex Boone.
    I’m not convinced that Sully will ever play again,and even if he does make it how effective will he be? Back injuries are one of those things that once they happen they seem to linger for a long time.

  2. One can argue (given Sullivan`s age as well as Berger`s age) means the Vikings should be on the lookout for a center (really, the only big needs are Center and left tackle)….What was poorly done is we really do not know if we have talent with our young players (Kerin and Easton) . While we know have some idea about TJ (potentially good in 2 years) we might have studs or we might have duds in Bykowski, Shepard, Sirles etc…..It is not upsetting if a a few do not pan out..It happens..What is disappointing is we have no idea if any of these guys has real potential…Using high draft picks on the OL in the near future is fine if that is what needs to be done…But I hope the new coaches do a better job of not only teaching…but also picking out those that are showing potential…For the record…I think TJ will be pretty good in 2 years. Clearly he was not ready last year, but nobody thought he was a year 1 starter to begin with. With more practice, hopefully a better coach and the painful experience of last year to build on…I think/hope that in a year or 2 he can be a solid starter.

  3. Just not the Vikings’ style. They like to draft centers in the 6th round and develop them. AKA Matt Birk and John Sullivan. Also remember the vikings traded away Gerald Hodges for C Nick Easton.

  4. I get what you are saying and you make a great point but this is a new coaching staff that appears to be serious about fixing the oline. As for Easton, he was best available when the Vikings were in need. He is very raw with zero starts and very little playing time. He lacks functional strength when drive blocking and is far from being a mauler. Don’t forget the Vikings also got a 6th round pick in the trade. Very good comment and I think you have a better chance of being right on this pick than I am to target him as a potential prospect. Fusion to center,Boone to right guard, and drafting Whitehair to play left guard is a good second round option. With new coaches it is difficult to pin down what could happen.

    1. I’d like to see Boone stay at left (I know he struggled there last year but will now have a year there under his belt,) Fusco back on right, hopefully a healthy Kalil at LT, Smith or Loadhoalt at RT, and if Sullivan isn’t healthy Berger at Center. Remember that Berger was PFF’s 2015 Most Underrated player. I’m thinking that that they will try to take player/s that could eventually replace high salary veteran/s next year so that we can save cap space to afford to keep our talent in house. Bridgewater alone is gonna cost us at least $18/mil a year going forward and there is a plethora of young talent that we should try to keep through their second contracts.