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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Versatility should help Zack Martin

By Pat Yasinskas

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Zack Martin is going to his hometown this weekend, but that doesn’t mean he’s going home.

Aside from dinner with his family Saturday night, the trek to Indianapolis is purely a business trip. Martin will be taking part in the scouting combine and trying to help his draft stock.

The Notre Dame product already is considered one of the top offensive linemen in the draft. But there are differing schools of thought about which position Martin should play. He spent his college career at left tackle, but some teams envision him as a guard

“It doesn’t really matter to me,’’ Martin said earlier this week during a break in his combine training at IMG Academy. “I just want to be on an NFL team. I’m most comfortable at tackle, but I feel I could make the transition to guard fairly easily.’’

Martin started to make that transition at the Senior Bowl. Multiple teams asked to see Martin work at guard, so he spent part of his practice time there and played about 15 snaps at guard during the game.

“Zack can play tackle and he also can play inside,’’ IMG Academy director of football operations Chris Weinke said. “He’s one of the smarter guys I’ve been around. This kid can process information. He’s probably one of the quicker linemen I’ve been around. When you put him in a box, he’s as quick as they come and he’s powerful. He just has a great combination of quickness and power. He’s going to translate nicely, wherever they use him at the next level.’’

Martin could be on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' radar. The Bucs could be looking to overhaul their offensive line after it underachieved last season. The Bucs could be looking for upgrades at guard and tackle and Martin might be an answer at either position.