Martin a Great Value Pick

The Dolphins went offense again with their second pick of the 2012 NFL draft, taking Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin with the 42nd overall pick.

With this pick, the Dolphins got some great value. Martin once was considered a potential top 15 pick before his stock seemed to drop a little.

Still, he was considered a borderline first-round pick when the draft started, so getting him at 42 represents good value.

Martin played left tackle at Stanford, but likely will be asked to switch to the right side for the Dolphins, who moved on from 2011 starter Marc Colombo this offseason.

We can assure you that learning the offense won't be a problem for Martin, who only ended up at Stanford after passing up the chance to attend Harvard and become the first fourth-generation African-American student to attend the Ivy League school.

If there was a knock on Martin coming into the draft, it's that he's not the most physical tackle around, but GM Jeff Ireland just explained that the Dolphins have moved away from a power scheme up front to more of a zone scheme that emphasizes athletic ability over pure strength.

In that scheme, Martin figures to be a perfect fit. In fact, it's not a reach to suggest that he'll be the favorite to land the starting right tackle job.

Martin earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a sophomore and then was an All-American in 2011 before he decided to leave school early to enter the NFL.

Just as Ryan Tannehill wants to become an orthopedic surgeon at some point, Martin wants to go to law school and become a trial attorney.

So the Dolphins clearly have added some brain power with their first two picks, along with some athletic ability.


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