Wes Martin

Indiana
G

Prospect Info

College
Indiana
Hometown
Class
West Milton, OH
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
311 lbs
32 3/4”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.48
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Washington
Redskins
Round 4 ‧ Pick 29

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Martin redshirted his first year with the Hoosiers, coming off a high school senior season where he had a right MCL sprain. "Big Wes" was healthy enough in 2015, though, to play in all 13 games with six starts at left guard. He took over that job full-time in 2016, starting all 13 games next to the left tackle. Martin started all 12 games at left guard as a junior, as well, collecting honorable mention All-Big Ten notice from league coaches. He repeated that honor his senior season, starting all 12 games at left guard.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Shawn Lauvao
Overview
Three-year starter and two-time team captain who combines brains and brawn at his left guard spot. 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.
Strengths
  • Threw up 38 bench reps at his pro day and power shows on field
  • Big, broad upper body and wears his weight well
  • Settles into blocks with good width and balanced base
  • Shuffles feet and hips into position to wall off angle blocks
  • Operates with tempo and patience on combos
  • Strong grip with solid sustain
  • Shows ability to make sudden block adjustments when needed
  • Accelerates to dot down block targets
  • Keeps hands inside the target area with punch
  • Eyes process quickly in pass protection
  • Quick to recognize and pass off twists
  • Slides feet to protect his gaps rather than lunge
Weaknesses
  • Leads with ducked head on drive blocks
  • Lethargic out of his stance and into skip pulls
  • Feet are a little heavy and agility somewhat clunky
  • More mauler than pure drive blocker
  • May need to operate in smaller cubicle of space
  • Bend at point of attack is below average
  • Struggles to sink and anchor against early bull rush
  • Over-sets giving an opening in his back-side gap
  • Has his issues against longer, punch and pull rushers
Sources Tell Us

"I like how he plays. You want somebody who is smart and tough and strong at guard. You have to have that and he's got it." -- Offensive line coach for NFC team

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league