Mocking the Draft: Ravens now take Zack Martin but have other options

Could Zack Martin be a first-round choice for the Ravens? - Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

In this week's mock draft, SB Nation's Dan Kadar gives the Ravens more than one option.

Zack Martin just seems like someone the Ravens would take if they have the chance in the first round.

A gritty, tough-nosed lineman that can play tackle or guard, Martin might be more of a fit for what the Ravens want to do than any other first-round offensive lineman.

Sure, Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews are the can't-miss tackles of this draft, but Martin offers a certain level of versatility the Ravens typically covet in their players.

If Martin fell to the 17th overall pick, I think the Ravens should take him. So does SB Nation's Dan Kadar, who has the Ravens selecting Martin at that spot in his latest mock draft. Here's why:

"This mock draft would be a tough draw for the Ravens," Kadar wrote. "The top three offensive tackles [Robinson, Matthews, Taylor Lewan] are gone, as are [receiver Mike] Evans and [safety Ha Ha] Clinton-Dix. That leaves them choosing between Martin, the next tier of wide receivers, Alabama middle linebacker C.J. Mosley or Louisville safety Calvin Pryor. Martin is the choice because he could step right into the right tackle spot as a rookie and make an impact."

Kadar lists three other options the Ravens could consider with the 17th pick: receiver Odell Beckham Jr., offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and receiver Marqise Lee. The two receivers seem more plausible than Kouandjio, who otherwise has seen his stock drop in other mock drafts.

Size might force Martin into being a guard, which would be just fine as the Ravens could move Kelechi Osemele out to right tackle. Or maybe Martin lives up to the hype and is able to play right tackle in the NFL. He'd certainly get the shot, especially if he was drafted in the first round.

Personally, picking Martin makes the most sense. It adds options for a Ravens coaching staff in search of an offensive line fix.


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