2014 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Cowboys
With 52 career starts, Martin should be remembered as one of the better offensive linemen in Notre Dame's illustrious history. Some scouts are in disagreement on whether he projects as a tackle or guard in the NFL; however, Martin can and should excel at either spot.
Martin is a really intelligent player and consistently displayed excellent awareness in understanding his own pass protection responsibilities. Really great hand fighting technique. Understands he must get his hands on his man as quickly as possible in order to dictate the matchup. Surprising athleticism and foot speed. Really great effort on every down.
Better at in-line blocking and good aggression on every play. Average out in space or when zone-blocking. Good foot slide. Just a touch undersized for tackle and some may prefer him as a guard. At the very worst, could be a career backup at four of five OL positions. Will need to reassure scouts he has the foot speed on his kick slide to handle NFL-quality pass rushers.
Martin projects as a late first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More
This highly productive player is a high ceiling prospect blessed with excellent athleticism and great frame to build upon. Lawrence was a two-time All-Mountain West selection. Suspended three times for violating team rules.
Lawrence could fit in a couple roles depending upon team need. Has enough athleticism to develop into a 3-4 OLB or bulk up into a LDE in a 4-3. Very fast laterally. Great length. Long arms and big hands. Great arm violence when accelerating. Great first step and anticipation. Finishes strong at the point of attack. Solid tackler in space and will occasionally get over-aggressive by lowering eyes and leaving his feet.
Almost no experience dropping back into coverage. Will need time if added to a 3-4 defense as an OLB. Not strong enough to really anchor the edge. Athletic enough to learn just about any technique needed on the field. Could sneak into the first round as a project player for one team that really likes his skill set and potential.
Lawrence projects as an early second rounder in the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More
The hard-hitting Dixon plays more like a linebacker than a safety. By providing great run support and above-average length, the former Baylor Bears prospect can provide immediate depth to any team's back-end.
Excellent in pursuit. Plays downhill and very aggressive. Good body control when closing in on ball-carrier and wraps up well. Still working on fine tuning his coverage skills. Has experience playing as a nickel corner, but lacks the technique to be a difference maker in coverage. Average speed, burst, explosion and athleticism in general. Should be able to hold his own and then some in special teams.
Very stiff in his lower half in coverage. Will get abused by any player with some speed or a juke. Long arms are good at the point of attack when climbing for the football. Aggressive when being blocked and can disengage well. Average agility and has trouble keeping up in man coverage. Poor read-and-react. Plays a very reactionary brand of football as opposed to anticipatory.
Dixon projects as a fifth round option in the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More