A Dominik Special At TackleFebruary 11th, 2014
Fans of former Bucs rockstar general manager Mark Dominik will pay close attention to this post. The anti-Dominik crowd will now know one guy they absolutely don’t want to draft.
Dominik played studio analyst for BSPN yesterday on NFL Insiders and NFL Live. Dominik was asked to pick a standout from his time scouting at the Senior Bowl in January. Interestingly, Dominik went right for a position he was averse to drafting during his time as the Bucs’ personnel chief: offensive line.
“I thought one player that really came on was Zack Martin, the offensive tackle from Notre Dame. I mean I thought he played really well,” Dominik said. “I heard from a couple of people that he interviews exceptionally well, that he’s really combined his strength and his power, and he’s versatile left and right. And so Zack Martin looks like one of those guys that’s really going to accelerate through this combine process.”
Martin is widely projected to be a mid first-round draft pick in May. He made a whopping 52 starts at Notre Dame and, like so many Notre Dame guys, he’s already spent a year in graduate school. He’s also a big-framed young man at 6-4, 308 pounds.
Perhaps he’s a guy the Bucs would consider if they traded down from their No. 7 overall pick.
Yes, Dominik didn’t believe in drafting offensive linemen. The earliest the Bucs have snatched an O-linemen in recent years was Jeremy Zuttah (third round) under Bruce Allen and Chucky in 2008.
Dominik’s mindset was that the prevalence of spread offenses negatively affects the ability to evaluate offensive linemen in college, so an NFL team was more wise to find O-linemen after game film of them was available — even if it was just preseason. That philosophy was how Dominik was a force behind landing Ted Larsen and Donald Penn.
Of course, after failing with Gabe Carimi in the first round in Chicago, Lovie Smith also might be gun-shy on taking an O-lineman in the first round.
Regardless, Dominik has offered one to watch, one that could be an upgrade for the Bucs and is big enough to potentially play guard.