Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
Former Indiana Hoosier offensive lineman Wes Martin was selected 131st overall (fourth round) by the Washington Redskins in the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon. Martin played in 50 games (43 starts) in his Hoosier career and was a two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention. With Martin’s selection, the Hoosiers have now had a player in six consecutive drafts.
Martin impressed NFL scouts at his Pro Day earlier this month in Bloomington as he put up 38 repetitions on the bench press and 113-inch broad jump. "That was my best ever, by far," Martin said to reporters after his pro day performance on the broad jump.
While 38 reps on the bench is extremely impressive, Martin left wanting more, saying, "A couple of weeks ago I hit 42 (bench press reps). When you get to that many reps, it's all about your timing and breathing-pattern. And my breathing-pattern was just a little bit off. Your body just wears out quicker when that pattern isn't right.
"I wish I'd have hit 42 or over again, but it was good. It just showed (who I am). I think scouts knew I was a strong guy, but this kind of reinforced that and allowed them to see it in-person."
During his junior season in 2017, Martin recorded the most pass blocking snaps (569) among guards nationally without allowing a sack. He followed that up with another strong season in 2018 as he allowed just two sacks in 935 snaps.
Martin was listed at 6’3” 316 pounds on IUHoosiers.com