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Road to the draft: Zack Martin

Position: Offensive tackle
School: Notre Dame
Measurements: 6-foot-4, 308 pounds
40 time: N/A. Bench press: 29 reps of 225 pounds. Vertical jump: 28 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.65 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.59 seconds.
Career stats: 52 career games, 52 career starts (50 at left tackle).
Draft projection: First round.

Lowdown: Played in 52 games for the Fighting Irish – a program record. Despite being considered one of the “safest” picks in the draft, there is a chance the team that drafts Martin could ask him to change positions. That’s because his arm length of 32 7/8 inches is considered short for a tackle in the NFL. To his credit, Martin is open to a move inside to guard if a team asks. … Shows good flexibility and is light on his feet. Shows plenty of athleticism to pull block and engages with his hands well. Two-time team captain who is a true leader. … Did not run the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine in February because of a tight hamstring. … If he does move inside, may need to add some weight to handle NFL nose tackles. ... Made a pre-draft visit to the Buffalo Bills on

They said it: “Short arms? I mean he’s a good athlete, obviously he’s been using his short arms for the last three or four years in college, so I don’t think it’s going to change much.” – Bills director of scollege scouting Kelvin Fisher

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins May 8.

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