The first major rumor-related question that Buffalo Bills fans will attempt to answer in the final days leading up to the start of the 2014 NFL Draft: how legitimate is the idea that the Bills would take Notre Dame lineman Zack Martin at No. 9 overall?
WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia reported last week, citing a league source, that the Bills are very high on Martin, a senior captain for the Irish that played left tackle for the team in 2013. Peter King of Sports Illustrated added to the notion this morning, writing that he knows of one Top 10 team seriously considering Martin with the first round just days away. Mike Mayock of NFL Network told King that he believes Martin will be off the board between picks 9-13.
The Bills have a need to upgrade at right tackle, and if they're considering Martin that early, that's where he'd be playing - despite his physical measurements (6'4", 308, sub-33 inch arm length) not coming close to the ideals for the tackle position. In fact, Bills Director of College Scouting Kelvin Fisher laughed off the notion that Martin can't play tackle at the NFL level due to his arm length at the team's April 25 pre-draft luncheon.
"Short arms?" Fisher asked in response to a question. "I mean, he’s a good athlete, obviously he’s been using his short arms for the last three or four years in college, so I don’t think it’s going to change much."
The rumor mill is only beginning to churn this week, but before the trade-up discussions kick into even higher gear, make sure you're at least keeping Martin in the back of your mind.