NAME: Martez Ivey
POSITION: Offensive Tackle
JERSEY: No. 73
RECRUITMENT RATING: 5-star
WT: 315 lbs
Pass Protection – A major liability in pass protection at offensive tackle. Can be beaten by inside moves, inside jap steps to set up edge rushes and pure speed and bend around the corner. Hands are massive and often late. Bends at the waist and often sees his hands knocked down or frame push-pulled off-balance. For his size, startling inability to even make life tough on speed rushers by pushing them up the field. Does drop anchor against power and can completely shut down bull rushes.
Run Blocking – Not an overpowering force in the run game, but capable of getting the job done. At his best on down blocks or as a puller, where his lack of ideal leverage immediately off the snap is not challenged. Has flashed as a zone blocker, but doesn’t have the ideal tools to open up and reach more explosive techniques on the inside. Probably never dominant in any one scheme, but capable of being an adequate presence in a gap/power system.
Functional Strength – Massive, powerful frame, but strength isn’t often functional due to high pad level and lack of explosiveness to create movement. You’d expect more devastating results from a player of his size and pedigree, as too often he allows his man to shed a block and get in on the stop. Does show strong hands on down blocks to get into the pads of his opponent and seal off rush lanes with sound positioning.
Footwork – False steps are frequent, crosses his feet at times in his pass sets and doesn’t gain ground quickly in his sets. Set points are off too often, failing to establish half-man relationships with outside techniques and giving up the edge. Heavy feet, doesn’t show necessary urgency to mirror-and-match against inside moves. Struggles to open up and reach defenders in zone.
Strike Timing/Placement – Hands are pillow soft in pass protection and almost always late. Rarely sets the tone with his punch. Can grip up bull rushers and lock down secondary moves. Hands are too slow, allows defenders to attack them with a variety of moves and loses balance as a result. Wide placement in the run game can lead to a lack of control 1v1.
Leverage – Bends more at the waist than at the knees, which neutralizes his ability to win leverage at the point of attack. Powerful enough to not get bodied often despite lack of ideal bend and flexibility, but in the NFL this trait could get exposed even more. Particularly concerning when projecting to the interior, where he’ll face players with more built-in low pad levels.
Space Blocking – Has some ability to work out in space and can be tough for smaller players to work around completely, but rarely locks on and finishes his targets in space. Will be floored if an NFL team views space work as an ideal role for him. Simply not that type of athlete, but capable enough of getting in the way for inside screens. Has shown the ability to pull with strong success.
Competitive Toughness – Not a finisher, but shows good effort at all times and works hard to make an impact when releasing into space. Wouldn’t describe him as excessively physical, and loses 1v1 exchanges too often to be considered a mauler, but gets after his opponent and attempts to create movement with his approach. Have seen him stick up for his quarterback after the play in an aggressive manner.
Mental Processing – Ivey generally seems to do fine in this area. Recognizes stunts and twists, but is sometimes slow to react. Processes defensive fronts and adjusts his target based on opponents’ alignment. Identifies late pressure and stay assignment sound, but can do a better job of looking for work when uncovered.
Athleticism/Size – Average athlete with good movement skills for his size, but won’t win 1v1 battles against quicker opponents. Range in set points is an issue. Unbelievable frame that could push over 320 during weigh-ins, long arms and massive upper and lower half that appears pro-ready.
BEST TRAIT – Size
WORST TRAIT – Footwork
RED FLAGS – Slightly torn meniscus required surgery as a freshman
A five-star prospect with a massive frame and decent movement skills for his size, Ivey simply hasn’t developed much at all during his time at Florida. His footwork in pass protection is poor and leaves him susceptible to losing inside or outside against edge rushers, and his hands are almost as bad. Ivey does a poor job of timing and landing his strikes, allowing himself to be push-pulled by power players, beaten with speed and bend by more athletic rushers or countered across his face due to his inability to impede the rush plan of more nuanced opponents.
He’s solid in the run game, but unless the NFL can figure out a spot that works for him in pass pro, Ivey’s best case scenario is landing a backup spot as a heavy package extra blocker for teams that still run archaic offenses. His guard/tackle flexibility and physical tools will probably be enough to get him drafted.
Pass Sets – Sloppy. Doesn’t generate a lot of drive in his pass sets to protect vs. speed and will struggle to handle power due to poor footwork and unbalanced posture when engaged in hand fighting. Poor angles and hinges too easily.
Length/Extension –Tremendous length and his arm reach does allow him to clamp onto defenders from wide distances, even when he’s left his feet behind and chasing. Area of influence at the POA allows him to make the most of his blocks despite undesirable run fits.
Balance –Will get pulled off his set with ease due to poor posture, needs to drop the hips and sit taller on his base. Guilty of chasing out in space and being sloppy out over top of his toes.
Hand Technique –Guilty of clapping in the run game when he’s trying to work laterally. His hands are carried low and are late to flash when attacking pass rushers in head up situations, conceding his chest and opening the window to get rolled back onto his heels.
Power at POA –Has had some success in out-working defenders but his general demeanor and hand usage prevents him from successfully pushing around defenders and creating consistent movement in the run game. Dis-coordinated and sloppy.
Football IQ –Has been stagnant ever since he first stepped onto a football field in Gainesville. Lack of technical prowess is concerning but also damning of his college staff. Will require exceptional growth before touching a pro field.
Functional Athleticism –Has better athleticism than he’s able to apply onto the field due to missteps, clunky movements and high pads. His vertical climbs and down blocks are some of his better qualities vs. the run and is a competent puller.
Anchor Ability –Softer anchor than what he should have, considering his posture. He eats a lot of powerful blows with his hands on account of low hands, struggles to settle back in without getting taken for a ride into the lap of the Quarterback.
Flexibility –Does have mobility, his hinging at the waist is more on account of poor foot speed and impatience in space. His application is a looming problem but yet his hips can hinge out of his stance and he can extend feet back when he’s uprooted and trying to re-anchor.
Competitive Toughness –Effort level comes in spurts. He can really work defenders if he’s able to win the rep initially but his reps of dominance are generally few and far between. Concedes if a defender stuns his initial push. Functional strength levels are poor.
BEST TRAIT – Length
WORST TRAIT – Technique
BEST FILM – South Carolina (2018)
WORST FILM – LSU (2018)
RED FLAGS – Underachiever
Martez Ivey is a frustrating study, given his physical skills and the subsequent lack of development. Ivey has top tier length and promising mobility, but he labors in space and as a pass protector due to poor movement economy and ineffective technique at the point of attack. Ivey will warrant consideration as a toolsy player, he does provide upside in the perfect circumstances, but his lack of development to this point is concerning. Nothing higher than a late round selection.