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Notre Dame OL Zack Martin drafted by Cowboys in first round

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Updated: May 8, 2014 11:33PM

Zack Martin got a chance to check out AT&T Stadium when Notre Dame played Arizona State this past season as part of the Shamrock Series.

Now the offensive lineman will call the massive stadium his home.

The Dallas Cowboys selected Martin with the No. 16 pick in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday.

Martin is the first Notre Dame offensive lineman drafted in the first round since Jeff Faine went No. 21 to Cleveland in 2003. It’s the highest a Notre Dame offensive lineman has gone in the draft since Andy Heck went No. 15 to Seattle in 1989.

Martin is the 13th Notre Dame offensive lineman to be selected in the first round. He is the 64th Notre Dame player to go in the opening round, the fourth in past three years.

Martin was a steady presence on Notre Dame’s offensive line.

He started a school-record 52 games. Martin was a two-time captain for the Irish. He was just the 18th player in school history to hold that distinction.

Martin finished his Notre Dame career by earning MVP honors at the Pinstripe Bowl. He was the first offensive lineman to be named the sole MVP of a bowl game since Penn State’s Jay Huffman earned the honor in the 1959 Liberty Bowl. Martin’s stock continued to rise after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, where he was named the Top Offensive Lineman.

Martin is the ninth Notre Dame player ever drafted by Dallas. He’s the first since Sam Young went in the sixth round of the 2010 draft.


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