INDIANAPOLIS — Standing behind the blocking drills during last month's Senior Bowl, Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith watched Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin closely as he manhandled pass rushers.
Whether it was because Martin was the only lineman to consistently handle Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald or because he stonewalled Stanford defensive end Trent Murphy and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, Martin forged a lasting impression.
"I think Zack Martin did an outstanding job," Smith said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. "I think he had the flexibility to play multiple positions on the offensive line."
Martin has proved...