Jonathan Martin is an excellent, experienced all-around left tackle who has been tasked with protecting Andrew Luck’s blindside, as well as the hopes of many moribund NFL franchises, for the past three seasons. While perhaps not quite the athlete of top-10 pick Matt Kalil, Martin is above-average physically and looks completely natural and comfortable playing left tackle. While I hate to use the term “finesse” for any offensive lineman, Martin’s game is more about agility, technique, and quickness than power. If he decides to declare, Martin should hear his name called in the top-20 picks of the NFL Draft.
Martin is solid in pass pro, using excellent anticipation and quickness off the snap to gain advantages on
the defender. He does a great job keeping his feet moving and maintains balance while engaged with a
defender. There are times when his initial drop-step is too shallow, and therefore he doesn’t get enough
depth when trying to ride an edge rusher around the pocket. Martin has a solid but not overpowering punch.
He possesses adequate anchor strength but has to fight to keep stronger bull rushers at bay.
Martin is a good run blocker who uses excellent agility to beat defenders to the point of attack and wall off
their attempts at getting to the ball carrier. He is a natural bender who, for the most part, keeps his pad
level low and maintains leverage advantages. He plays with a bit of a nasty streak and sustains his blocks
throughout the action. Martin does a good job chipping an initial defender, then locating his second read and attacking. He seals the edge very well, even moving outside the right tackle on occasion when plays are called
to that side.
Martin is an intelligent player who recognizes blitzes early and seems to understand his assignments in both pass protection and in the run game. He locates critical defenders well, and understands when to shed his current block and attack someone else.
Martin does a good job of fighting for hand position, but needs to improve strength in this area. When engaged with a stronger defender, he can struggle to both shed the defender when needed and keep his hands in an advantageous position. He has an adequate initial punch and does a good job keeping his arms extended and engaged in pass protection. Martin uses his hand rather than catching defenders with his body.
Martin is an above-average athlete with nice agility but only average foot speed to get down the field. While
not asked to pull a ton, when he does he is nimble and can get around the edge with ease. He does not
necessarily excel as a second level blocker, although the effort is always there. Martin has quick feet and is
lightning quick off the snap, one of his best qualities.
Overall, Martin has good footwork, but at times his steps can get too choppy in pass protection and his
drop-step too shallow. When engaged in run blocking, he keeps his legs churning and can effectively ride his
defender out of the play. He is light on his feet and keeps a nice wide base with good balance.
Martin graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, Calif., and was only ranked as the No. 44 offensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com as well as the No. 52 overall player in California. SuperPrep ranked him No. 95 among California/Hawaii/Nevada prospects.
2011: Has played and started in all 12 games.
2010: Played and started in all 13 games.
2009: Played in all 13 games with 11 starts at LT.
Majoring in classics.
Awards & Honors
2011: Playboy Preseason All-American First Team; named to the Rotary Lombardi Award preseason watch list.
2010: All-Pac-10 First Team
2009: All-Pac-10 honorable mention; Second Team Freshman All-American by College Football News.