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Mayock’s mock has no QB until 11

Posted by Chris Brown on May 8, 2014 – 10:35 am

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock does not have a quarterback coming off the board in his mock draft until pick 11 with the Tennessee Titans, and it’s not Johnny Manziel. He also has an interesting pick for the Bills.

Mayock’s most interesting choices as they could pertain to Buffalo happen at three where he has Jacksonville taking Khalil Mack despite the fact that they loaded up on defense in free agency and desperately need help on offense. He has Cleveland taking an offensive tackle in Jake Matthews at four even though they spent big money to keep Joe Thomas, and then Sammy Watkins fifth to Oakland.

At nine he has Buffalo taking an offensive tackle.

Eric Ebron is possible, but I would take Martin. You can play him at tackle or guard, even center, and he’ll do it at a high level. He will help make E.J. Manuel a better quarterback.

The first quarterback he has coming off the board is Central Florida’s Blake Bortles at 11 to Tennessee. He doesn’t have Manziel coming off the board until pick 16 to Dallas.

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Mayock weighs in on OT Zack Martin

Posted by Chris Brown on May 1, 2014 – 5:41 pm

The Bills personnel department touted Zack Martin’s versatility as one of his best attributes, but they see him as an offensive tackle first and foremost. After 52 starts at tackle for Notre Dame you can understand why. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock agrees with Buffalo’s assessment.

“I love the kid. Even though I have him fourth as a tackle, he’d be my number one center or my number one guard. I  believe that he is the only player in this draft that could start and play at a high level at all five offensive line positions,” said Mayock. “I think as we get closer to this draft, he will be the fourth offensive lineman off  the board.”

What was most interesting was the range in which he thought Martin would come off the board.

“I think he’s coming off the board somewhere between nine and 13. He’s too good. He’s too safe,” said Mayock. “There are too many offensive line needs out there. There are a bunch of teams that look at him and say, He could start at right tackle day one, maybe we move him inside to guard or center the next year. He’s awesome. He’s about as safe a player as there is in this draft. If you want him, you better get him early.”

Obviously 9-13 is a range that includes the Bills first round pick.

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OT Martin a late riser?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 23, 2014 – 1:44 pm

One of Buffalo’s most recent pre-draft visitors, Notre Dame OT Zack Martin has been pegged as a perfect fit for Miami’s depleted offensive line after the trade of Jonathan Martin and departure of Richie Incognito after last season’s locker room problems that made national headlines. The problem with that line of thinking is Martin, according to some draft analysts might be off the board several picks before Miami is on the clock at 19. draft analysts Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah were asked about the fit of Martin to the Dolphins at 19 in round one in a recent conference call with the media. Both said they would not be surprised if Martin went earlier than that.

“I think if you look on or if you look at any mock draft that’s ever been constructed, it’s mandatory that Zack Martin goes to Miami,” Jeremiah said. “When you start putting these things together, you just kind of go, okay, he’s there, they take him, but I will say as we get closer to the draft, there’s certain names… I talked to a general manager the other day, and his name came up, Zack Martin, and he asked me what I thought. I said, ‘I don’t see how Miami could pass on him. He’s too clean.’ And he said, ‘I don’t think he’ll be there when they pick at 19.’

“I think he’s definitely somebody that’s on the move to the point where when you look at Giants are picking at No. 12, maybe that would be surprising a month ago. That wouldn’t shock me if Zack Martin went all the way up that high.”

“I think Zack Martin was going to Miami with the first mock draft, and we might do 100 of them and I’m not sure we ever take him off of that spot,” said Davis. “But if what we’re hearing is accurate, and it seems like there’s a good amount of credibility to it, there are a number of places he could go prior to Miami, and a lot depends on what people see him as; do you see him as a tackle; do you see him as a guard; do you know that they worked him out as a center, as well.

“So Daniel started with the Giants at 12. If St. Louis keeps that pick at 13 and all the premier tackles are off the board already and they went in a different direction with their second pick not being traded or what have you, Zack Martin could make sense there. That’s not out of line.”

Martin’s Senior Bowl performance quelled a lot of teams concerns that his arms, which are a less than ideal 32 7/8ths inches, would limit him as an NFL tackle. Martin performed very well against top flight competition there and in his four years at left tackle for the Irish. So it seems that there are a good number of teams believe in Martin as a first round tackle prospect and the Bills may be one of them.


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