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Get To Know: Nick Martin


Here are five things to know about the Texans second-round draft pick, center Nick Martin.

1. Nick is the youngest of three brothers.

Nick is the youngest of three football-playing brothers: Josh and Zack. Josh played defensive end at the University of Indianapolis. Zack and Nick played alongside each other on the Notre Dame offensive line and were also roommates. The Cowboys selected Zack in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft and he would go on to have a All-Pro rookie season in Dallas.

2. His parents also have a football pedigree.

Keith, Nick's dad, was a defensive tackle at Kentucky where he met Nick's mom Pam. She was a trainer for the Wildcats football team.

3. He should have been a Wildcat too.

Nick committed to Kentucky to follow in his father's footsteps, but a late scholarship and an opportunity to play alongside Zack swayed him to flip to Notre Dame.

4. Nick paved his own way at Notre Dame.

A two-time captain (2014-15), Martin was named Notre Dame's offensive lineman of the year in 2015. Martin allowed only three hurries, three hits and one sack on 374 pass blocking snaps (98.1 percent) this past season. Nick, who started 37 of 50 games in his collegiate career, became Notre Dame's 31st center to be drafted and the first since Eric Olsen was selected by the Denver Broncos in the 2010 NFL Draft.

5. He knows the enemy.

Nick grew up in Indianapolis as a Colts fans. His favorite player was center Jeff Saturday.

The Texans took Notre Dame offensive lineman Nick Martin in the 2nd round with the 50th pick overall.

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