Miami Dolphins Player Profile: Jonathan Martin

By Craig Ballard
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

With the 42nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins added offensive tackle Jonathan Martin from Stanford University where he was a 2-time All-American. In college the running backs ran behind Martin, and the 6’6″ 305 pounder was a 3-year starter who protected Andrew Luck‘s blindside.

The entire right side of the Dolphins 2012 offensive-line has changed form recent years. There were expected to be issues and growing pains on the right side with John Jerry and Martin, but they have performed admirably so far.

Coaches Jim Turner and Chris Mosley have clearly put in the required work/effort to get Martin up to speed as a legit NFL tackle. These coaches preach technique, and entering the NFL Martin already had strong technique (especially as a run-blocker).

Martin has good/strong hands, and his run-blocking is so good he has the ability to get to the 2nd level to make multiple blocks on a given run play.

He has the speed and quickness to also be effective when moving. You can get him into space and he can be productive making a block.

He seems to be a good guy, but he does have the necessary mean-streak to play in the trenches in the NFL.

He has smarts (Stanford!).

Martin is good vs bull-rushes, but he struggles vs speed-rushers. Working everyday vs Cameron Wake is a sure way to get to used to speed-rushers.

Miami’s run game has regressed recently, but Martin’s play continues to impress.

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