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The first Hoosier is officially off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft hosted in Nashville, Tennessee. Indiana Guard Wes Martin was selected with the 131st pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round. With Wes Martin not even on many draft boards, the selection came as a genuine surprise to many fans. In fact, his offensive line teammates Nick Linder and Brandon Knight all had higher rankings on draft boards going into the draft.
The 6-foot-3, 311 pound Ohio native had an impressive showing during Indiana’s Pro Day. Namely he showed his strength by putting up 38 repetitions of 225-lbs on the bench press. Martin’s 38 reps would have tied last year’s second best combine performance.
How well did Wes Martin perform at the NFL Combine? Well, he was not even invited. His teammates Jonathan Crawford (safety), Dan Godsil (long snapper) and Brandon Knight (offensive tackle) were the only Hoosiers to be invited.
Wes Martin played a total of 50 career games starting in 43 of those contests for Indiana. He is one of four Hoosiers ever to appear in 50 games or more. Martin allowed only two sacks out of 935 snaps in his redshirt senior season. He was a William V. Campbell Trophy finalist and received honorable mention recognition from the Big Ten.
It did not take long for former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Jr. to reach out to his future protection. Haskins was selected 15th overall by the Washington Redskins after his draft slot slipped in the first round.