2014 Combine

Player profile: Stanford OT Jonathan Martin

Posted Feb 23, 2012

Martin claims he's better than consensus top tackle in the draft, Matt Kalil

Stanford's Jonathan Martin is considered one of the top three offensive tackles available in April's NFL Draft, but that isn't good enough for him.

"As a competitor you have to think you're the best," Martin told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday.

Martin claimed he was a better prospect that USC's Matt Kalil, the consensus top tackle in the draft.

"Matt's a tremendous player, but I think I'm better than he is," Martin said. "It's nothing cocky. It's just how I approach my game when I'm preparing for an event like this. I'm an athletic tackle, I'm smart, I don't make many mistakes, and that's helped me a lot the last couple years."

Player Profile

Who is Jonathan Martin?

Martin and guard David DeCastro formed the best tackle/guard combo in the nation this past season. Martin is extremely athletic at the tackle position and very sound in his technique. He's also durable, missing just two games over the course of his college career.

What he had to say:

"I'm not doing lifting or field drills (at the combine). I was sick the last couple days, just a little food poisoning, I don't remember what it was. Something I ate in Arizona."

What experts are saying:

"Jonathan Martin, to me, is a prototypical left tackle," said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock "He's gifted athletically and a lot of things I said about Kalil, you can say about (Martin). He needs to get a little bit stronger, but he can protect the quarterback."

Why he fits the Lions:

The biggest plus on Martin is that he's NFL ready. He ran a pro-style, West Coast system at Stanford that was 60 percent run and 40 percent pass. 

He'll pick up a system quickly having a lot of the same terminology and play-calling at Stanford. Martin is very athletic and is one of the most polished tackles in the draft. He could come in and compete for a starting spot with the Lions right away.

Why the Lions may pass:

Martin isn't physically imposing. He measured 6-foot-5, 312 pounds with 34-inch arms and 9 7/8-inch hands. Martin is more athletic than imposing and has to be very sound with his technique because he isn't physically overpowering or a strong puncher. He needs to get stronger.