It’s possible that the Cowboys spent first-round picks in consecutive years on centers.
Zack Martin, taken with the 16th pick as a tackle and moved to guard, will also play some center. He took snaps at the position on Tuesday.
“It’s hard,” Martin said after the OTA season, via Charean Williams of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. “The first time I was in there, I came to the side, I was like, ‘God, you got a lot going on out there. You got to know a lot.’”
Last year, the Cowboys used a first-round pick on center Travis Frederick. He took some snaps at guard in training camp. If Martin will be playing some center, maybe Frederick will again line up as a guard.
“We viewed him as a guy who could potentially play five offensive line spots when we drafted him,” coach Jason Garrett said of Martin, via Williams. “He’s certainly done a very good job at guard. We’ll try to give him some snaps at center as well.”
Regardless of the position Martin plays, he’ll always be known as the guy the Cowboys took instead of Johnny Manziel. And the guy who tore Sean Lee’s ACL. Even if the knee gave out before Martin hit Lee in a no-hitting practice season.