By Rich Tandler
If the Redskins are looking for an offensive tackle in the second or third round of the draft in April, they could get a great value in Stanford’s Jonathan Martin.
He was responsible for protecting Andrew Luck’s blindside at Stanford and scouting reports note that while he lacks power he is athletic enough to thrive in the zone scheme employed by the Redskins.
The team certainly has its eye on Martin. He said that he spent some time talking with Redskins’ offensive line coach Chris Foerster on Wednesday.
Martin certainly isn’t lacking in confidence. He believes that he’s the best tackle in the draft, better than even USC’s Matt Kalil, who should go in the top half dozen picks. “Without a doubt,” he said. “As a competitor, you’ve got to think you’re the best. Matt’s a tremendous player, but I think I’m better than he is.”
“I believe in myself as a player.”
Most NFL teams are unlikely to share Martin’s opinion and he should be available when the Redskins pick in the second round and possibly in the third. If they pull the trigger on Martin he will be moved to right tackle. He has no problem with that.
“I think I can play any position,” he said. “Wherever a coach wants me, I’ll be ready to play. I’ve had a couple calls about playing right tackle, but I’m open to anything.”