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Scout Report: Zack Martin




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Name: Zack Martin
College: Notre Dame
Height: 6’4
Weight: 308 lbs
Position: Offensive Guard
Graded By: Josh Wingate

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][td_text_with_title custom_title="Athletic Ability: Grade - 8.20" title_style="td_title_style_1" header_color="#dddddd" header_text_color="#000000"]When watching Zack Martin play, you notice he's never caught off balance - he keeps great balance throughout his blocks and uses great technique to make sure he has his balance at all times. When watching film a few phrases that continued to show up on my paper was great footwork, recovers well and anchors well. This all speaks volumes of the type of athletic ability that Martin displays on a play-by-play basis. He also shows great flexibility when looking to change from one blocker to the next, and when looking to pick up a late blitzer off the edge; he is also able to use his change-of-direction skills at the offensive line position to get to the next level and secure the linebacker or defensive back from making the play. I was repeatedly stunned at his ability to get off a block and take out the next player that would have disrupted the play. This showed great change-of-direction skills and also flexibility and coordination.[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title="Competitiveness: Grade - 8.16" title_style="td_title_style_1" header_color="#dddddd" header_text_color="#000000"]Martin is a very physical player with the toughness to stand in there every play and defend his quarterback's backside, and did so extremely well might I add. His production in college is up there with the best of them. I could not remember watching him give up a sack in the four games I watched of him so I went to watch more film. I decided to stop because he was so consistent in his play and every snap he was the same type of player. I watched the Stanford game first and that stood out to me - his consistency - because he was going up against Trent Murphy, who in many eyes was one of the best pass-rushers in the NCAA last season. He did great against him. I never saw him quit on a block, but I also didn't see him giving continuous effort until the whistle blew. It's not a knock on him; after blocking his assignment the other guy wasn't a factor. It was essentially "my guy isn't making a play so I'll save my energy for the next play." I still prefer a guy whose motor stays running until the ball is dead, if for no other reason than to show that he can man-handle him all he wants.[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title="Mental Alertness: Grade - 8.16" title_style="td_title_style_1" header_color="#dddddd" header_text_color="#000000"]This might not be the highest grade for him, but it is the most impressive criteria I witnessed for Zack Martin. He is an unbelievably smart player for a college football player. He knew when someone was blitzing and when they would not, he always picked up the correct guy and even if he was shocked he had enough know-how to engage the block and not allow his guy to get behind him. Many times while watching film on him his runners didn't take the right cut, which made it look like he didn't block well. This guy does not make the youthful mistakes I expected and is a very well rounded offensive tackle and guard. His instincts are right there with any of the top lineman in the NFL.[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title="Strength/Explosion: Grade - 7.89" header_color="#dddddd" header_text_color="#000000" title_style="td_title_style_1"]Watching Martin play his strength doesn't explode on tape but make no mistake, he has sneaky good strength. He delivers a great punch on his blocks and creates a jolt to the defender. His body is well built for the offensive line. He's normally the first person off the the line but I would like to see him consistently quick off the line without as many false start calls - about once per game. Martin is a very durable player as he  has played throughout nearly every game in which he started. Some people are concerned with Martin’s arm length, but it doesn't bother me at all because he never displayed anything on film that would be cause for concern and because his punch is so dangerous to a defender it essentially doesn't call his arm length into question.[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title="Position-Specific Skill: Grade - 8.54" header_color="#dddddd" header_text_color="#000000" title_style="td_title_style_1"]Like I've stated before he is normally the first person off the snap, which is great to see. It allows any player along the offensive or defensive side of the ball to make the first hit and get underneath the defender or blocker. Martin understands leverage and has great hand placement in his blocks, which also negates defenders being able to get under his arms for better leverage. Except for that play against Aaron Donald in the Senior Bowl, I hardly saw anyone get underneath and get by him on tape. He also has great recovery skills and is hardly ever pushed back. He gets his butt under him to get his anchor back and then uses his strength to get into great technique. He does use Quick Set in pass-protection in order to cheat in his kick step, which is something that will need to be worked on at the next level. Martin certainly has the athletic ability and overall ability to be able to play tackle at the next level. When watching him run-block I prefer him to in-line block because he handles his man better with bodies around him - he has an ability to whiff on a player in space but it's not much of a concern.[/td_text_with_title][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][td_text_with_title custom_title="Strengths" header_color="#dddddd" header_text_color="#000000" title_style="td_title_style_1"]Martin is going to be an all-pro player and he might be at the guard position. He has quick feet and is agile enough to pull and get to the next level. His athletic ability is not on par with Jonathan Cooper from last years draft, but it is right where you want it to be. He is able to play all five offensive line positions and I would credit that to his above average intelligence for the game and tough work ethic. Leverage is a great key for Martin as well as he anchors very well and uses his great punch to knock defenders back. I also love his ability to recover from getting off the snap poorly or using bad technique while coming off the line of scrimmage. I like his ability to compete well against speed-rushers and power-rushers. He can control anyone he gets put in front of.[/td_text_with_title][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][td_text_with_title custom_title="Weaknesses" header_color="#dddddd" header_text_color="#000000" title_style="td_title_style_1"]I do not see many weaknesses to Martin’s game. He needs to work on his kick step at the next level before he is able to play tackle, which is a great reason why he will be starting at guard. He also does not consistently get off the snap right away and can show a delay in doing so. If I'm really nit-picking he doesn't impose his strength on players like I personally would like to see, but he lives to see another down.[/td_text_with_title][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][td_text_with_title custom_title="Summary: Highly Productive 1st Rounder" header_color="#dddddd" header_text_color="#000000" title_style="td_title_style_1"]Overall, this guy is going to be great. I was like most Cowboys fans I talk to and wanted either Aaron Donald or Zack Martin going into the draft and we were able to get one of them. This makes our offensive line very young and continues the trend of getting younger throughout the team, but more importantly at key positions for the team. I am pleased with how this team is drafting and can see Martin playing a key role in next years team. I would place him at right guard and watch him and Frederick work together to help keep Romo healthy and open holes for Murray, which is probably more of a need. Hopefully, this will allow Dallas to start running the ball more in key situations. Cowboys fans should be over the moon with excitement with this pick since he is likely going to be an all-pro player in the NFL.[/td_text_with_title][vc_raw_html]JTNDY2VudGVyJTNFJTNDc3BhbiUyMGNsYXNzJTNEJTIyZmluYWwtZ3JhZGUlMjIlM0VPdmVyYWxsJTIwR3JhZGUlM0ElMjA4LjE5JTNDJTJGc3BhbiUzRSUzQyUyRmNlbnRlciUzRQ==[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Josh is an avid football fan who aspires to be a professional scout one day. He has been was mentored by Russ Lande and John Wooten from Sports Management World Wide. He is also a member of the Football Writers of America.


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Cowboys Draft: Reviewing Kansas DT Daniel Wise

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Draft: Kansas DT Daniel Wise

Throughout the post draft media process, the Cowboys' decision makers have been adamant that they found multiple draft-able players in undrafted free agency this year. Each of which, of course, will have an opportunity to compete for a roster or practice squad spot this summer.

One of those players who almost certainly had a draft-able grade despite fall through all seven rounds, is Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise.

At 6'3" and 290 pounds, Wise projects as a 3-technique in the NFL, and should compete for that very role on the Cowboys defense. Wise is not an overly bendy or athletic player, but he has a good initial quickness which allows him to penetrate gaps well. Wise plays with excellent effort, having the type of motor that I'm sure Rod Marinelli valued highly during the pre-draft evaluations.

A strong and powerful interior presence, Wise can offer some upside as a pass rusher as well. He has quick, active, and heavy hands. When combining his hands with his get-off, Wise is a real threat as a pass rusher. Maybe his most impressive pass rushing quality, however, is the effort which he plays with. Never giving up on a play, you'll have to block Wise until the final whistle or he will threaten for effort sacks.

In college, Wise was often asked to be a two-gap defender from the 5-technique, but that's just not where he'll be at his best. Rather, he should be used in the role the Cowboys likely envision for him, allowing him to play with power at the point of attack and disrupt the running game.

But what are Daniel Wise's chances of even making the team?

The Cowboys made a concerted effort to improve their defensive line this offseason, specifically on the interior. By adding free agents like Kerry Hyder and drafting Trysten Hill 58th overall, Dallas has improved what was considered a weakness during the postseason a year ago.

Not all of these talented defensive tackles will make the team, though, it's simply a numbers a game. And cutting an undrafted free agent will certainly be easier to do than cutting someone who will be owed real money, or was acquired through premium draft capital.

Regardless, Daniel Wise will have the chance to prove his worth during training camp and the preseason. And based on how he projects through his college tape and physical attributes, he'll likely make those final decisions very difficult on the Cowboys' staff.

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Pre-Draft Visitors Highlight Dallas Cowboys 2019 Rookie Class

Brian Martin



Pre-Draft Visitors Highlight Dallas Cowboys 2019 Rookie Class

The Dallas Cowboys are "officially" adding 21 rookies to their roster, eight of which they drafted and the remaining 13 are undrafted free agents. The number of rookies the Cowboys are bringing in isn't all that surprising, but what did surprise me was how many of them were pre-draft visitors.

You may or may not know, but the NFL allows 30 allotted pre-draft visits for each team around the league. Teams don't have to use all 30 visits of course, but the majority of them take advantage of the opportunity and generally use up all 30 visits. It's a chance to introduce these rookies into the atmosphere they could be playing in and work them out in more of a one-on-one basis.

The Dallas Cowboys of course are known as a team who take their 30 pre-draft visits very seriously. Over the past several years they've drafted several players who were brought in for pre-draft visits, and 2019 was no exception.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, paying attention to the Dallas Cowboys 30 pre-draft visits is a good idea because the odds of them drafting one or more of them is pretty high. That's why I decided to run a pre-draft tracker this year, and because of it I was able to confirm 27 of the possible 30 pre-draft visitors for the Cowboys.

Here are 2019 pre-draft visitors currently on the Cowboys roster:

  • DT, Trysten Hill
  • RB, Tony Pollard
  • RB, Mike Weber
  • WR, Jon'Vea Johnson
  • CB, Chris Westry

If you're doing the math, 5 out of 30 equates to 17% of the players the Dallas Cowboys brought in as pre-draft visitors. But, if Dallas only brought in 27 that percentage rises to 19%. To say that the Cowboys value these pre-draft visits would be an understatement, at least as far as 2019 is concerned.

The first three of Trysten Hill, Tony Pollard, and Mike Weber were of course all draft picks and have the best chance to stick around on the final 53-man roster, but I wouldn't rule out Jon'Vea Johnson and Chris Westry. Both were draftable players, but somehow fell through the cracks right into the lap of the Cowboys as UFAs.

I don't really know if it's a good idea the Dallas Cowboys are so transparent with how valuable the treat these 30 pre-draft visits. We've seen teams time and time again trade up right in front of them to draft a player the Cowboys could've possibly been eyeing, and this year was no exception.

After drafting Running Back/Wide Receiver Tony Pollard with the first of their fourth-round draft picks, it looked like the Dallas Cowboys had their sights set on small school Defensive End/Defensive Tackle John Cominsky out of Charleston with their second pick in the fourth. Unfortunately, the Atlanta Falcons traded up a spot ahead of them to draft Cominsky.

This of course isn't the first time the Falcons have done this, which begs the question as to how they knew the Cowboys could have possibly been targeting Cominsky. We can throw a conspiracy theory out there that Atlanta might have been inside source, but that's highly unlikely. More plausible theory is they were paying attention to Dallas' 30 pre-draft visitors as well.

It may be time for the Dallas Cowboys to deploy a little more smoke and mirrors when it comes to who they bring in for pre-draft visits in the future. But regardless, there's no denying the Cowboys pre-draft visitors highlight their 2019 rookie class.

Are you surprised the Dallas Cowboys added so many pre-draft visitors to the roster?

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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Draft Grades

Shane Carter



Dallas Cowboys 2019 Draft Grades 1

Another year, another draft come and gone. The difference was that this year the Dallas Cowboys were without a first-round pick thanks to their trade for Amari Cooper with Oakland. Their de facto first-round pick would obviously earn an A+ from how well he meshed with Dak Prescott and gave this Cowboys offense another dimension.

Given how well the Cowboys have done in the first round in recent history -- all but two of their first round picks since 2011 have been in the Pro Bowl, a trend that continued with last year’s pick, Leighton Vander Esch. This season, the Cowboys only had picks from round two and on. So this year was all about finding value and hoping it would fall into their laps.

Obviously time will tell if any of these players work out or not. For the time being, we can grade the picks based on what we do know. Some picks were worth it, while others raised questions, as well as eyebrows.

58 Overall: DT, Trysten Hill

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 1

In what has been considered the best defensive line draft in decades, the Cowboys took a bit of a risk with their first “official” pick. Trysten Hill is a first round talent out of UCF, but reports questioning his love for the game had some give him a third round grade.

Dallas has already had an off-season dealing with talented defensive linemen with questions around their passion for the game (i.e. David Irving) and so obviously people didn’t love this pick.

It’s a high risk, high reward move that we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.

Grade: B

90 Overall: G, Connor McGovern

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 6

As far as value goes, McGovern was probably the team’s best pick. In my pre-draft rankings, Connor McGovern was my fourth overall interior lineman; a player who you can play anywhere in the interior and start immediately.

However, guard didn’t really seem like a need. This was obviously a “best player available” pick. What this pick has done instead is raise a bunch of questions.

Who’s job could be on the line?

Does this imply the team won’t re-sign La’el Collins?

Is Connor Williams going to play tackle like he did in college?

Is one of them going to get traded?

Is Travis Frederick really ready to go?

So many questions surround this pick, but there’s no questioning the player. Connor McGovern is likely a future starter on the line and Cowboys fans should be excited about that.

Grade: A

128 Overall: RB, Tony Pollard

If you follow me on Twitter, you know my feelings about Tony Pollard already.

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Tony Pollard might be my favorite #Cowboys pick. Has experience at both the RB and WR position, plus had 7 career kick return TDs in college. He addresses all 3 needs in 1. #NFLDraft

Returner has been a need for a year now. I never liked the team trading away Ryan Switzer because it created a huge hole on special teams, as well as the receiving core.

The team also needed a backup running back to take the load off Ezekiel Elliott a bit. With Tony Pollard, they get all three positions filled in the form of a player who's 6'0" 210 pounds, ran a 4.52 40 and compiled 25 total touchdowns. Terrific value in the fourth round.

Grade: A-

158 Overall: CB, Michael Jackson

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 9

This is the type of corner Kris Richard loves; big and tall. At 6'1" 200 pounds, Michael Jackson fits the profile.

His 2017 tape was actually better than his 2018 tape, and all four of his career interceptions came in '17. However, the team is obviously betting on his potential, especially with corner being a serious need.

With the Cowboys' four primary corners coming into contract years the next three seasons, odds are that at least one will be gone. MJ doesn’t fill in day one as a difference maker but, given some time under Kris Richard, he could be a nice player.

Grade: C+

165 Overall: DE, Joe Jackson

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 11

Take Joe Jackson, new Cowboy, as well as Michael and Darius Jackson, and the team is just two short of a Jackson 5 reunion.

The team has been very busy trying to rebuild the depth at edge and Joe Jackson is icing on an already stacked cake. In an off-season that saw the retirement of David Irving and another suspension for Randy Gregory, the team was able to extend DeMarcus Lawrence and trade for Robert Quinn.

The edge room was already full but you can never have too many.

Joe Jackson is a fun, productive player from The U, who was teammates with the previous pick, Michael Jackson. In his career, he totaled 24 sacks and 37.5 tackles for loss all in three seasons. He’s not the fastest edge rusher in the world but has plenty of power to make up for it. With the team only for sure having DeMarcus Lawrence guaranteed beyond 2019, it’s good to have as much talent as possible.

Grade: B+

213 Overall: S, Donovan Wilson 

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 12

The team really needed a safety and it enraged most people that they didn’t pick one earlier. Especially with Taylor Rapp, Juan Thornhill and Amani Hooker all available at different times.

Donovan Wilson is an interesting pick. His career has been a rollercoaster while at Texas A&M, with a highly productive 2015 season, a dip in 2016, a fractured foot in the 2017 opener, and a rebound 2018 season.

Had his career not been derailed by his injury, he’s likely gone way before the sixth round and the Cowboys are obviously betting on his potential. Meets a need, but not a plug-in right away type of pick.

Grade: B

218 Overall: RB, Mike Weber

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 13

Tony Pollard is going to get first crack at the backup running back spot. However, given that he’s also the team’s likely return man as well, it makes sense that they’d want to deepen the running back room to give the team a true RB2.

Mike Weber was Ezekiel Elliott’s teammate at Ohio State, but didn’t come close to the impact Elliott had. Only topping 1,000 yards once in college, Weber is likely in competition with Darius Jackson for the backup spot.

He’s not as flashy as Zeke but can pick up the slack when asked to and is a solid receiver out of the backfield. If Weber can’t beat Jackson for the backup spot, then Weber is a likely candidate for the practice squad.

Grade: B

241 Overall: DE, Jalen Jelks

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 14

Jalen Jelks falls into a similar boat that both Hurricanes players are in. Like Joe Jackson, he’s a good solid edge piece (fifth round draft grade), but like Michael Jackson, his prior season's tape was better than his final season.

It's interesting that the Cowboys would pick a player who seems to be better suited to play in a 3-4 as a OLB, but has plenty of starter potential. Otherwise he’s a player that’s likely headed to the practice squad that the Cowboys wanted to make sure they get first crack at. Still, a good value in terms of where he was picked.

Grade: B-

Dallas Cowboys Overall 2019 Draft Grade: B

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