- Height: 6’ 3’’
- Weight: 315 lbs
- Draft: 4th round (131st overall)
- College: Indiana University
Wes Martin has all the tools of an elite NFL guard: freakish strength, quick feet, stellar fundamentals and great athleticism for someone his size. But most of all, the guy just looks like an offensive lineman.
At Indiana, Martin started 43 games at guard and was an honorable mention All-Big 10 his junior and senior years. He helped Indiana running back Stevie Scott rush for over 1,000 yards last season while anchoring their offensive line at left guard.
While Martin looks and plays like an absolute mauler, he’s also fundamentally sound. He has quick feet and great hand placement which allows him to easily wall off pass rushers who try to rip or swim through. He’s a great athlete who can pull up into holes and deliver crushing blows. Martin excelled at combo blocks and getting to the second level and taking out linebackers at Indiana.
One underrated aspect of Martin’s game is how he uses his hips on run plays. Martin does an amazing job of working his hips to the hole and walling off defenders making opposing players literally run through him to get in the backfield. For defenders this is problematic considering Martin weighs 315 lbs and had 38 bench press reps at his pro day–this would’ve been second among all prospects had he attended the combine. Even if he is overwhelmed by stronger and faster players, his hip usage will help him deal with all types of freakishly-athletic NFL defensive tackles.
Off the field, Martin spends much of his time with his dogs and working for the community. He founded Brave Breed Rescue–a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing and re-homing dogs–with his family a year ago. At his pro day, Martin donated money for every bench rep he completed, totaling over $1,000. Martin and his fiance currently have four dogs.