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Nick Martin drafted No. 50 overall by Houston Texans in 2016 NFL Draft

| Friday, April 29, 2016

Former Irish offensive lineman Nick Martin was drafted with the 50th-overall pick — and 19th pick of the second round — by the Houston Texans in the 2016 NFL Draft on Friday night.

Martin was a two-year captain for Notre Dame, playing mostly at left guard in 2014 and center for all of 2015. He also started 11 games at center in 2013 prior to suffering a knee injury against BYU that brought his sophomore season to an early close.

Former Irish offensive lineman Nick Martin readies for the snap during Notre Dame's 31-28 win over LSU in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, 2014. Martin was drafted by the Houston Texans with the 50th-overall pick in the NFL Draft on Friday night.Observer File Photo

Former Irish offensive lineman Nick Martin readies for the snap during Notre Dame’s 31-28 win over LSU in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, 2014. Martin was drafted by the Houston Texans with the 50th-overall pick in the NFL Draft on Friday night.

Martin was the 31st Irish center to be drafted and the first since Eric Olsen was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was also the fourth former Notre Dame player drafted in this year’s class, joining former teammates Ronnie Stanley, Will Fuller and Jaylon Smith.

The Texans traded up from pick No. 52 to draft Martin at No. 50, swapping picks with the Atlanta Falcons. He is expected to immediately start at center for Houston, as last year’s starter, Ben Jones, left the team via free agency this offseason.

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