The Cowboys tried to trade up in the fourth round Sunday to select Ohio State FB Jamar Martin(6'0, 250), the draft's best blocking fullback, but it didn't work. Fortunately, he was still available by the time the Cowboys went back on the clock with the 129th overall pick.
Jamar Martin isn't really your ideal pass-catching fullback, but one thing he can do, and do well, is block.
"We wanted Jamar Martin because we're so impressed at what he had done at Ohio State, he's a terrific, physical lead blocker," said owner Jerry Jones after the selection was made.
The big fullback was a three year starter, and team captain for the Buckeyes. He primarily specialized in blocking linebackers and picking up first downs in third and short situations.
For his career, he finished with 61 carries for 226 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and caught 22 passes for 211 yards and a pair of scores through the air. Not really mind boggling stats, but you shouldn't hold that against him. His blocking is one aspect of his game that could be very valuable to the Dallas Cowboys next season.
Martin is a powerful isolation blocker, meaning he can take on the biggest of linebackers to pave the way for a speedy running back. He looks for contact down field, and specializes in laying people out.
You can never have enough guys like that on your football team.
Jamar Martin Breakdown
THE GOOD: Hard nosed blocking fullback best in a straight line. Tough, aggressive and looks to hit someone or take opponents out of the play. Strong at the point of attack blocking or carrying the ball; opens holes for his backs or breaks tackles taking the hand-off.
THE BAD: Not quick out of his stance, stiff and does not redirect well or show good body adjustment. Runs with an upright style, does not break down well or display good footwork in pass protection.
THE SKINNY: Inability to play outside the tackles coupled with his limited possibilities as an offensive threat pushes him into the late rounds.
More on Jamar Martin from TFY Draft Preview.
Cowboys Take FB Jamar Martin
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