The Houston Texans stay offensive by picking a versatile offensive lineman in Nick Martin from Notre Dame in the second round of the NFL Draft
On Thursday, the Texans brought in Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller. Early Friday, Houston brings another Golden Domer to H-Town.
After seeing a bunch of defensive tackles go off the board like Austin Johnson, Chris Jones, A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed, the Texans decided to trade up to draft Notre Dame offensive tackle Nick Martin.
Houston traded spots with the Atlanta Falcons for the 50th pick in the second round and Houston’s sixth-round pick.
Martin, a 6-foot-4, 299-pounder and little brother of Dallas OL Zach Martin, brings versatility with his power and leadership. Martin was a three-year starter at Notre Dame and is able to play both offensive tackle and center, and that is something that makes Bill O’Brien smile with glee.
Although an injury to his knee early in his college career slowed him down some, Nick has worked hard to become a very talented blocker, who has good feet and can run down linebackers to open up running lanes. He is also strong in pass protection as well.
The pick made Will Fuller very happy to see his Irish teammate coming to Houston.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was also ecstatic to see two of his former players get drafted, both going to the same team.
The next pick Houston has is the 85th pick in the third round.