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Martin captained Notre Dame over his last two seasons and finished with a school-record 52 starts at left tackle in his four years. He showed improvement each season, particularly the last two under offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. The accomplished Hiestand mentored six of the 50 offensive line participants in the 2014 NFL combine and previously coached that position with the Chicago Bears from 2005-09. There is little question that Martin can play in the NFL, and he projects as a second-round pick at worst. The problem is that most NFL teams see the smallish Martin fitting in better inside than at his preferred tackle spot. His reach measured out at under 33 inches, which is also less than ideal for his desire to play tackle. The combine showed that his skill set cannot be doubted. He finished with 29 reps in the bench press to tie fellow star lineman Taylor Lewan of Michigan, although Lewan outperformed him in the 3-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and broad jump. Martin may have done more to help his stock than any other prospect at the Senior Bowl, where he worked with noted NFL offensive line guru and former Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice. He comes from an excellent football lineage since his father, Keith, was a defensive tackle at Kentucky.