Johnny Who? Zack Martin Proving a Worthy Pick


Speaking of offensive talent, the Cowboys clearly passed on someone with mad offensive skills when they chose not to draft in the of this year's draft. That said, Notre Dame -turned- is no slouch.

In fact, he's looking as good as any of the Cowboys' offensive linemen, and far more veteran than his 23 years might show. Martin has drawn early comparisons to New England stalwart Logan Mankins, who was drafted by New England in the first round of the 2005 draft. Mankins has anchored the Patriots' front line consistently since he was drafted, and the Cowboys would be thrilled if Martin performed similarly.

Dallas has been criticized for its last two first-round picks – Martin and . However, Frederick played like a tough and savvy veteran – especially after looking very much like a rookie against Kansas City in his second ever pro regular season game, and increasingly so each game thereafter. Martin looks every bit the same, causing some Valley Ranch sources to claim that he actually looks better at this point in his career than did during his rookie

Let's just say that – at least based on the early returns – you'd be hard pressed to find a team with a better threesome than Frederick, Smith, and Martin. That's a heck of a way to build an , and that makes the decision to pass on quite easy to defend, no matter how well Manziel ends up playing in Cleveland.