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Cowboys Pick Notre Dame OT Zack Martin in 1st Round

Dallas passed on Johnny Manziel, who fell to them at 16th overall

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Cowboys Pick Notre Dame OT Zack Martin in 1st Round

Dallas held its collective breath Thursday night, as former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel slipped to the Cowboys’ 16th overall pick, and wondered if they’d go ahead with the widely assumed plan--that they’d address the struggling defense--or take a gamble on the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.

The answer was neither.

The Cowboys selected Zack Martin, offensive tackle out of Notre Dame, to continue the overhaul of their offensive line that began in earnest a year ago, when they took center Travis Frederick in the first round.

At 6-foot-4 and 308 pounds, Martin played left tackle for the Fighting Irish, but will likely move to the right side in the NFL--either at right tackle, replacing Doug Free opposite Tyron Smith, or guard. His size seems to lend itself to the guard position more than tackle, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

The Cowboys’ next pick will come in the second round, the 47th overall.

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