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Saturday, April 27, 2019 4:30 pm

Offensive lineman Wes Martin first Hoosier drafted in 2019

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Offensive line has been a strong position for Indiana over the last half-decade as players like Dan Feeney and Jason Spriggs have made a name for themselves in the NFL. Wes Martin now has a chance to add his name to that list after Washington chose the guard in the fourth round of the draft with the No. 131 overall pick Friday.

Martin, a 6-foot-3, 311-pounder, did not get an invite to the NFL Combine, but he had a terrific Pro Day at Indiana, putting up a whopping 38 reps on the bench press (he insisted he had done more in private workouts) and launching himself 113 inches in the broad jump, a distance he called his "best ever, by far."

He was incredibly consistent at Indiana, surrendering just two sacks over more than 1,500 pass-blocking snaps in his final two seasons with the Hoosiers. He was a captain in both seasons and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors twice, as well. 

(Martin) combines brains and brawn at his left guard spot," NFL.com's Lance Zierlein wrote. "Like most Indiana blockers, he's well-schooled and ahead of the game from a technique standpoint. He has functional athleticism but is better suited firing out that pulling or playing in space.

"He has NFL strength, but he plays with a lack of kneed bend that can limit his ability to anchor in both run and pass blocking. Martin offers plus value on Day 3 as a good backup with eventual starter's potential."

Martin's selection makes it six straight years the Hoosiers have had a player drafted and is the second time in four drafts that Washington has been a destination for an Indiana alumni, after quarterback Nate Sudfeld's selection there in 2016 (Sudfeld now plays for Philadelphia). 

"Congratulations @WesleyMartin76!!!," Indiana coach Tom Allen wrote on Twitter. "So proud of you and happy for you. (Washington) got a great football player and even better man!!!"

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