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May 08, 2014

Martin says Senior Bowl experience gave him confidence he can play guard at next level

If the Cowboys move Zack Martin to guard to start his career, at least his experience at the Senior Bowl tells him he can do it.

“Absolutely. It gave me some live reps there,” the Cowboys’ first-round pick said Thursday night in a conference call with reporters. “It gave me some very good competition. It definitely helped me out.”

Martin was the third-rated offensive tackle in the draft, but projected as the top guard if he switched positions. He played all but two games at left tackle in college at Notre Dame, where he made a school-record 52 consecutive starts.

He said the Cowboys, who will probably be looking to move on from right tackle Doug Free after 2014, talked to him about his position flexibility.

“We talked. We went through some schemes. We just talked about different things,” Martin said. “One of my biggest strengths, I think, is my versatility. So like I told them, I’m wiling to play anything, and anything they need me to do to help the team is what I’m willing to do.”

Martin, 6-4, 308, played two games at right tackle in college and none at guard. But he said he understands guard play.

“It’s just kind of a rep thing,” he said. “If you switch sides, it’s just getting used to the different foot and back. And if you move inside, it’s just everything is a little closer. I’ve gone over those techniques throughout my career, even though I didn’t play there.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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