The trade put Martin, the center of a bizarre bullying case with Dolphin offensive linemates last season, in the best possible situation. He is playing for Jim Harbaugh, who coached him at Stanford. He will have a built-in support system. Plus, the 49ers could use him as a swing offensive linemen. He will be a solid sixth man.
ESPN analyst Matt Williamson concurs. He also thinks it’s a good fit, especially at the cost. The Dolphins will get a seventh-round pick in 2015 if Martin is on the opening day roster this season. Williamson thinks the label that Martin is soft is accurate, but he thinks he has ability and can help in the 49ers’ system as an extra lineman.
“There is a huge shortage of offensive linemen in the NFL, in my opinion, so why not add a guy that you are familiar with that was an early second-round pick based on his talent?” Williamson said. “Will he ever eat nails on the field? No, but San Francisco is the most physical running game in the league, and he will adhere or go away. Plus, they play so many six-man O-line sets (used to be Daniel Kilgore's job, who is now poised to start at center), so they need another quality sixth man.”