The Dallas Cowboys have had quite the week when it comes to their top players being recognized for their excellence on the field. ESPN is currently doing a series on the top 10 players at 11 different positions. Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and Tyron Smith have all made the cut at their position and now, arguably the organization’s best player has joined the list.
Zack Martin was ranked the second-best interior offensive lineman in the NFL just behind Quenton Nelson of the Indianapolis Colts.
Martin split first-place votes with Nelson before eventually finishing slightly behind. According to Pro Football Focus, Martin’s 88.1 grade finished just behind Nelson at 91.2, however, his 95.6% pass block win rate was slightly higher than Nelson’s 95.2. The debate between Martin and Nelson doesn’t have a wrong answer but the former is still seen as the measuring stick for all interior lineman by plenty of league personnel.
“More of a technician than Nelson, so that’s probably where he gets his edge,” said one offensive coach.
Since 2015, Martin’s 91.4 PFF grade is first among guards. Also, he ranks second in pass-blocking grade and fourth in run-blocking grade over that span.
The dominance of Martin has been a regular thing since he entered the league in 2014. He’s only allowed eight sacks in 3,711 career pass-blocking snaps and none since Week 14 of the 2018 season. Martin also finished second on CBS Sports ranking of the top 10 interior offensive linemen and was the spearhead of the Cowboys offensive line being selected as the third-best league-wide by PFF.
He’s started all 94 games he’s played in (missed two to injury in 2018). Every season he’s been named to the Pro Bowl and been selected as an All-Pro. Simply put, not only is Martin arguably the best in the world at his position but he just may be as dominant as any player at any position in the NFL.