Mar 20, 2014; Notre Dame, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish former football player Zack Martin runs a drill during Notre Dame pro day at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Can Zack Martin Push the Cowboys Into the Playoffs?

The Dallas Cowboys have finished on the cusp of a division title for too long. While watching every team possible win the division the last three years, Dallas has got to be fed up.

The playoff push is real, and they used their first round pick to literally push their own way in.

Notre Dame’s Zack Martin really picked up steam the longer we waited for the draft, and he was rewarded for his work by becoming the 16th overall player selected in 2014. Martin’s athletic ability, competitiveness, football smarts, and the overall fact that he is possibly the most clean prospect in the draft led to his selection by the Cowboys, who now have drafted an offensive lineman in the first round of three of the last four drafts.

Like I said, the push is real.

Martin can play anywhere on the offensive line, another reason he was picked in the first round by the Cowboys, but he’ll start off his NFL career as a right guard. Inside at guard is where many envisioned he would find his niche in the NFL, and the Cowboys obviously feel the same, at least initially.

Protecting Tony Romo is obviously of paramount importance for Dallas, which they’ve struggled to do in recent years, but Martin’s ability to play a zone running scheme will also help a Dallas team that wants to run the ball more effectively and more efficiently to set up their stars in the passing game.

DeMarco Murray is not reliable in terms of health, but looking up and down the Cowboys’ depth chart at running back, who really is?

If the Cowboys can open up running lanes, it won’t much matter who is running the ball but that they are efficient in doing so.

Martin brings another presence to the offensive line, similar to the one brought by first rounders Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick. The picks aren’t flashy, but in the long run, they might help the Cowboys establish balance offensively and give them the stability down the stretch of the season that could propel them from playoff pretenders into playoff contenders.

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  • trinity

    Um, no he cannot. He can help keep Tony Romo upright. Romo would have to pay him back by not fucking up at the worst possible moments, and the defense would have to pay him back by getting off the field so that he can do his job. Since those 2 things very likely will not happen (because when do they ever lately? ), the cowboys won’t even sniff the playoffs this year.

  • David

    Unless he also plays LB and Safety, the answer is a NO!!!!

  • IBleedBlue

    While I would do back-flips if the Defense played even close to a middle of the pack status this year, Martin’s presence could be a huge factor in Dallas’s chances at the playoffs this year. Have you all forgotten how horrible the NFC East is? Win the division first, playoffs second. That can certainly be attained if Dallas sustains a few drives late in games. Which was not the case last year. How about converting on third down every now and again? Not something that was done with ANY regularity last year. These problems don’t rest at the feet of the defense. In fact, that make it even harder on them.

    With Martin on board, maybe JUST MAYBE, we can have a consistent running game. DeMo can be a great finisher if we allow him the carries and create the opportunities. Which we didn’t last year.

    Don’t be such negative nancies. The past is exactly that, the past. We have a STELLAR O-line going into this season. Let’s let them play a few before we nail the door shut.

  • joe

    I loled

  • Greg Hill

    At 6’4″ 305 lbs he is too small to play OT even before you factor in his short arm length. It appears his position is OG which he has never played before and now the cowboys are trying him out at center. A 1st rd pick for a guy without a position? The answer is no.