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Zack Martin picked 16th overall by Dallas Cowboys

May 9, 2014, 12:45 AM EDT

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After a long drought, Notre Dame’s recent success in the first round continued with Zack Martin. The former Irish offensive lineman was taken 16th overall by the Dallas Cowboys, Notre Dame’s fourth first rounder in the last three years.

Martin is the earliest Notre Dame offensive lineman drafted in 25 years, since Andy Heck was taken 15th overall in 1989. He’s Notre Dame’s 13th offensive lineman in school history that’s been taken in the first round, with Jeff Faine the last in 2003.

Martin was the fourth offensive tackle taken in the draft, though the Cowboys could play him at guard as well. The fact that Jerry Jones selected Martin over Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was telling, and the pick has been universally praised by draft analysts everywhere.

Martin started 52 straight games for the Irish in his career, a school record. He was a two-time captain, only the 18th in the program’s history. Martin is the school’s only lineman to win lineman of the year more than twice, winning it all four years he played.

  1. yaketyyacc - May 9, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    good luck Zack Martin! but to the rest of the team. see how few from any school make the NFL. hit those books, that ND degree looks mighty good. now, nothing says you cannot add an NC along with it. imagine graduating college with two rings! go Irish go!

    • italianirish - May 9, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      “nothing says you cannot add an NC along with it.”

      Also, nothing says you cannot add like a degree from NC.

  2. ajw21 - May 9, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Congrats to Martin, even if he is going to my least favorite team.
    To the fans upset about recruiting, NBC college football just posted an article about the players drafted in the 1st round high school rating, 17 4-5 star and 15 2-3 stars, proving recruiting stars don’t mean much.
    Go Irish!

    • runners00 - May 9, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      But there was another recruiting statistic that i saw:

      Just 8% of the recruits are rated as a 4- or 5-star athlete but 55% of the players drafted are 4 or 5-star recruits.

      Of the 32 kids who were drafted:
      1. Jadeveon Clowney was the #1 recruit in the nation when Spurrier got him to become a Gamecock in 2011. It’s the first time that the top ranked recruit was also the number 1 player selected in the draft.
      2. There were a lot of 4-star recruits but I think the only other five-star recruit that went in round one was HaHa Clinton-Dix.

      ND had the one individual go in round one: four star recruit Zack Martin.

      • nudeman - May 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        I look at it this way: In the NFL teams are built with guys from rounds 3-7. I’ve heard successful GMs say that. Unscientifically, I’d bet 75% of starters are 3rd-7th rd. guys, and even UFAs.

        College is essentially the same, except for places like Alabama. Most teams get a very small sprinkling of 5 stars (actually many respectable programs get none), a few more 4 stars and the lion’s share of the team is 3 star or less including walk ons. Some 3 stars like Eifert become studs, many become lunch bucket types, and most pan out like you’d expect 3 stars to pan out: solid but unspectacular.

        Having said all that, I’d sure take my chances with a roster of 4-5 star guys any day.

  3. jerseyshorendfan1 - May 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Good luck to Mr. Martin, he deserves all his success because he worked so hard for it. Some people want success but they don’t want to put in the hard work required to achieve success, that’s why lottery tickets are so popular in our culture. Starting 52 straight games for the Irish is an unbelievable statistic. I will be rooting for him in the NFL (but not for his team). I still wish the Giants had sealed the deal with Zack.

    • gtizzo - May 9, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      With respect to your Giants comment…I agree.

      • nudeman - May 9, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        I hate ALL New York teams.
        If NY has a polo team i hope they go winless
        If they have a sewing team I hope all their seams rip
        If they have a ….
        You get the point

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - May 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        Nude, you’ve made it clear how you feel about NY teams but how do you feel about America’s team the Cowboys? I can tell you there is intense hatred around here for Dallas. I was once at a Giant-Cowboy game at the Meadowlands and saw these 2 seventy plus year old guys almost come to blows on behalf of their respective teams. It’s ridiculous. Anyway, I understand the hatred that some people have for NY teams, the Yankees in particular. Great thing about living here is that we have a lot of choices as to what pro teams to follow. Some people say that college football has no real market here (other than ND on NBC) because there are so many options to watch pro sports here. Anyway, it’s Mets, Giants and ND for me.

  4. ajw21 - May 9, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    runners: That’s basically what I said, in the 1st round 53% were 4+ stars, my point was 3 star and lower athletes get drafted often(45% of all drafted) so when people get disappointed about having too many 3 star recruits, doesn’t mean that’s always a bad thing, 4-5 stars are nice but development is huge, the big difference between Kelly & Weis.
    Go Irish!

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