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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. 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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: Film Notes on Iowa State Cyclones WR Hakeem Butler

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Cowboys Draft Target: Iowa State Cyclones WR Hakeem Butler

The 2019 NFL Draft is light on a lot of the offensive skill position players at the top of the draft. There are a couple of wide receivers that are making noise in the first round, but I'm surprised to see that Iowa State Cyclones Wide Receiver Hakeem Butler isn't one of them.

Is he a perfect NFL prospect coming out of the Big 12? No. But this year, there isn't a perfect NFL wide receiver prospect, in my opinion.

Hakeem Butler measured in at 6-5, 225 with 35 1/4 inch wingspan, and 10 3/4 inch hands. He's a big receiver and generally, the type of wide receiver that the NFL looks for when they're attempting to build their receiver corp.

Here are his measurements, courtesy of Mockdraftable.com.

And here is his Spider Graph, if you're into that sort of thing.

As you can see, Butler moves the needle on the spider graph in the strength and athletic testing. He didn't run the short shuttle or the 3-cone drill at the NFL combine, which isn't surprising as those would be lesser traits to his game.

For his size, Butler runs an excellent 40-yard dash at 4.48 seconds. That puts him at the same time as Carolina Panthers Running Back Christian McCaffrey. Former Dallas Cowboys great, Dez Bryant ran a 4.52. The 40-yard dash helps measure straight line speed and it's helpful, it just isn't the be all-end all. Sure, you'd like a receiver to be faster, but Butler's size-speed combination makes up for being a touch slower than the guys running in the 4.3's.

Film Review

In order to get a handle on Hakeem Butler, I watched his games against Iowa, Oklahoma, West Virginia, TCU, Baylor, and Washington State. Believe me, watching the Iowa State offense was no small task. Quarterback much?

Here's what I saw from Hakeem Butler.

  • Is able to create separation on a variety of routes and against press coverage. Ran posts, slants, ins, outs, curls (both in and out breaking), double moves off of slants (sluggo and hitch and go), and nine or go routes.
  • Moves well for size, could use some more quickness.
  • Hakeem Butler is at his best when thrown back-shoulder fade routes. He's an excellent ball tracker and shows great anticipation for the ball being thrown under the route for him to come back to the ball.
  • Quarterback play at Iowa State was an issue. I counted three, maybe four different quarterbacks that he had to work with throughout the 2018 season. Though Butler was able to bail them out at times, he and the rest of the Cyclones receiving corp dealt with poor ball placement.
  • Butler is a physical blocker at the point of attack and away from the ball. He uses route feints to set up the defender so he can get square on them and uses good technique to secure his man and plays till the whistle.
  • Was lined up all over the field in the games watched including the slot, the middle receiver in bunch formations, and in tight sets as a single receiver to one side.
  • Is very physical against press coverage and fights to get free throughout the route.
  • The two games he struggled the most were against TCU and Iowa where they used more zone coverage than Iowa State's other opponents. Those teams kept him bracketed, which left him little room to work in the zone and forced him into more contested catch situations.
  • He had bad drops in both the Iowa and TCU games, but also came up with excellent catches.
  • Butler is very physical after the catch and uses his size and agility to break tackles and create yards after the catch. Against the Sooners, he broke three or four tackles after the catch to take one the distance for the touchdown.

I like Hakeem Butler as a pro prospect. He has some nuanced route running to him and is more than just a jump-ball specialist, red zone threat. He has the skills to be a lead receiver for a team in the NFL and could even be used as a big-slot receiver much like the New Orleans Saints use Michael Thomas. Despite some drops, I think he has really good hands and with his size and physicality would be an excellent addition for the Dallas Cowboys.

I'd be surprised if he was available for the Cowboys at pick 58 of the second round, but if for some reason he was there, I wouldn't hesitate to select him. You can use him on the outside and move Amari Cooper to the slot or put Butler in the slot and use Cooper on the outside. His ability to run routes from all over the formation is an asset that a smart team will take advantage of.



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Cowboys Draft Target: Central Florida DT Trysten Hill

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Cowboys Draft Target: Central Florida DT Trysten Hill

NAME: Trysten Hill

POSITION: Defensive Tackle

SCHOOL: Central Florida

CONFERENCE: American

CLASS: Junior

JERSEY: No. 9

RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star

HT: 6'3"

WT: 308

D.O.B.: 3/25/1998

Tackles Tackles Tackles Tackles Tackles Def Int Def Int Def Int Def Int Def Int Fumbles Fumbles Fumbles Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2016 UCF American FR DL 9 11 4 15 5.0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
*2017 UCF American SO DL 12 9 11 20 4.5 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*2018 UCF American JR DL 12 20 16 36 10.5 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career UCF 40 31 71 20.0 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 1

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Trysten Hill UCF Highlight

Uploaded by Micah Wade on 2019-02-22.

Pros:

The first thing that jumps off the tape when studying Trysten Hill is his first step quickness at the snap of the ball and his burst to get upfield. He is scheme diverse, but projects better as a 4-3 defensive tackle. Can play the one-technique or the three-technique in a 4-3 defense, but is at his best as a one-gapper.

Hill plays with a nonstop motor and high energy down after down. Doesn't take any plays off. Shows the ability to fight off blocks. Always working his hands and feet to free himself. Is equally disruptive harassing the quarterback as a gap penetrator and in the running game playing sideline to sideline.

Shows good agility and flexibility to bend and finish tackles behind line of scrimmage and in the open field. Can anchor down against double teams, but needs to improve his overall play strength. Uses a twitchy arm over and spin counter move to penetrate the gap as both a pass rusher and run defender.

Cons:

There are questions about Trysten Hill's maturity, work ethic, and coach ability. He found himself in the doghouse last year at Central Florida and only started one game. Was he demoted because of the new coaching staff or are the character concerns about him factual? This is something teams will have to dive deeper into.

Needs to do a better job of playing under control. Will run himself out of gaps at times, which causes him to lose his gap responsibility. Can get washed out of the play by down blocks. Needs to develop a better feel and response to keep that from happening.

Can anchor down against double teams, but needs to add functional strength in order to become more consistent. Drops his head at times on his initial punch. Needs to develop a more diverse pass rushing repertoire. Relies too much on arm over and spin move.

Cowboys Fit:

Trysten Hill is a versatile defensive tackle capable playing the one-technique or the three-technique in the Dallas Cowboys 4-3 defensive scheme. Due to his first step quickness and high motor, he is likely better suited to play the three-technique. He has starting potential, but would likely be a rotational piece on the DL as a rookie behind Maliek Collins. His ability to play on the other side of the line of scrimmage and sidelined the sideline would be a welcomed addition along the Cowboys defensive front. He projects as a late Day 2 or early Day 3 draft pick, and that's exactly where the Dallas Cowboys would likely have to target him to acquire his services.



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Cowboys Draft Target: Nebraska WR Stanley Morgan Jr.

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Cowboys Draft Target: Nebraska WR Stanley Morgan Jr.

NAME: Stanley Morgan Jr.

POSITION: Wide Receiver

SCHOOL: Nebraska

CONFERENCE: Big Ten

CLASS: Senior

JERSEY: No. 8

RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star

HT: 6'0"

WT: 202

D.O.B.: 9/7/1996

Receiving Receiving Receiving Receiving Rushing Rushing Rushing Rushing Scrimmage Scrimmage Scrimmage Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2015 Nebraska Big Ten FR WR 11 25 304 12.2 3 0 0 0 25 304 12.2 3
*2016 Nebraska Big Ten SO WR 13 33 453 13.7 2 1 0 0.0 0 34 453 13.3 2
2017 Nebraska Big Ten JR WR 11 61 986 16.2 10 1 2 2.0 0 62 988 15.9 10
2018 Nebraska Big Ten SR WR 12 70 1004 14.3 7 1 4 4.0 0 71 1008 14.2 7
Career Nebraska 189 2747 14.5 22 3 6 2.0 0 192 2753 14.3 22

Highlights:

Stanley Morgan Jr Nebraska WR ULTIMATE 2018 Season Highlights!!

"Where I come from ... I had to block for Leonard Fournette, I played on the same team as Tyrann Mathieu," Morgan said. "It's just guys like that around me that made me want to work harder, just to keep going and give it my all. It's something that I was born with."

Pros:

Stanley Morgan Jr. was a consistent and productive wide receiver during his time at Nebraska. He projects as a "Z" receiver in the NFL, but is probably better suited to play in the slot because of his skill set. Might be the best route runner in the entire 2019 WR draft class.

There's no questioning his toughness and competitiveness. His passion for the game shows up on tape. Unafraid to carry his routes across the middle of field. Possess good separation ability due to his precise route running and his ability to change directions on a dime. Has an understanding of how to temper his routes as well and has a way of lulling defensive backs to sleep and catching them off guard.

Has soft natural hands and shows good technique at the catch point. Shows the ability to make contested catches. Large catch radius. Excellent catch focus and body control. Shows the ability to climb the ladder and high point passes. Unfazed with DBs draped on him and shows good spatial awareness along the sideline. Has a little wiggle to be a threat after the catch, but doesn't have homerun ability.

Cons:

Stanley Morgan Jr. could be labeled as "just a guy" as a wide receiver prospect. There is nothing really special about his game and he has just average speed and athleticism. Despite his productivity and consistency at Nebraska, he may have already reached his peak.

Morgan may be nothing more than a slot receiver in the NFL. He doesn't possess the necessary speed to be a threat down the field and doesn't show a lot of burst out of his breaks. Average speed will limit his big-play ability as well. Struggles to beat press coverage, which could cause cornerbacks to sit on underneath routes.

Doesn't offer anything on special teams. Had a handful of opportunities at Nebraska as a kick and punt returner with very little success. Doesn't show a lot of functional strength on film. Lack of strength and power limits his blocking ability in the passing game. Arrested for marijuana possession in May 2017.

Cowboys Fit:

Although Stanley Morgan Jr. has the ability to play the "Z" position with the Dallas Cowboys, they would likely move him into the slot full-time as Cole Beasley's replacement now that he's officially moved on to the Buffalo Bills. He may not have the same kind of change of direction skills as Beasley, but Morgan's precise route running ability immediately makes him a threat in the Cowboys aerial attack as a rookie.

Morgan unfortunately doesn't offer much, if anything, on special teams. He returned a few kickoffs and punts during his time at Nebraska, but had marginal success. He will probably never be more than a WR3 and might have already reached his peak as a prospect, but he is the type of WR who can have a long career in the NFL. As a potential mid-round draft pick he is an intriguing slot option for the Cowboys, but probably won't help fans forget about No. 11 anytime soon.



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