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    "WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Looks Like Someone Has A Sixpack Of The MondaysDaily SlopRedskins RecapsEDTShareTweetShareShareHow Did New Redskins Guard Wes Martin Slip Through the Cracks?Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY SportsI’ll confess Kelvin Harmon Washington Redskins Jersey , my first thought when I heard Wes Martin’s name called for the Redskins in the 4th round of the 2019 draft, was: Who?My second thought was, “Google Wes Martin.”After about a day of searching, I’ve come up with the profile below.Wes Martin, GSchool: Indiana | Conference: BIG 10College Experience: RS Senior | Age: 22Height / Weight: 6-3 / 311 lbsActual Draft Status: 4th RoundNFL Comparison: Shawn Lauvao?College StatisticsN/APlayer OverviewA first-team all-state player for Milton-Union High School in West Milton, Ohio, Wes Martin was red-shirted in his freshman year at Indiana.Martin started 6 game his freshman season (and played in 13). That season, Indiana finished first in the BIG 10 in total offense, passing offense, and scoring offense. The offensive line only allowed 13 sacks (7th lowest in the nation). During his sophomore year, Martin started all 13 game at left guard. Devine Redding became the first Indiana RB to post back to back 1,000 seasons in 25 years. In his junior season, he started all 12 games at left guard and recorded the most pass blocking snaps (569) in the country without allowing a sack (among 298 college guards, Quenton Nelson was the only other to perform similarly).He received honorable mention All BIG 10 honors for his performance.In 2018 Kelvin Harmon Jersey 2019 , he started all 12 games at left guard, allowing only two sacks in 935 snaps, again receiving honorable mention All BIG 10 honors.He was a four-time Academic All BIG 10 honoree and graduated in December 2018.StrengthsVery strong. His reps (38) would have been the second highest at the combine.Can make sudden block adjustments.Slides his feet well.Well schooled and strong technique.Great work ethic.WeaknessesLacks great bend.Operates best in a phone booth.Can be susceptible to a strong bull rush.Let’s see his workHow He Will Fit On The RedskinsThe guardsmen were given two offerings this draft: Martin in the 4th round and Alabama G/C Ross Pierschbacher in the 5th.Of the two, though Pierschbacher played for a higher profile program, Martin is my odds on favorite to potentially swipe the starting left guard job from Ereck Flowers before the regular season begins.He’s strong as an ox, and with some coaching up by Bill Callahan, could end up being a book end with Brandon, and helping to anchor our interior offensive line for years to come.In addition to an intriguing option at guard, Martin appears to be a really good guy.Apparently, he started a dog rescue, Brave Breed Rescue, with his family.Hopefully, this fall he’ll be helping out pups in the DMV. ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — On Day 3 of the NFL draft Red Kelvin Harmon Jersey , the Washington Redskins made one fourth-round pick for the long-term future and another for immediate help.The Redskins on Saturday selected Stanford running back Bryce Love 112th overall and Indiana guard Wes Martin 131st. Love is coming off tearing the ACL in his right knee in his final college game in December, while Martin is expected to compete to start at right guard right away.Love said his rehab is on track and he hopes to be on the field sometime in training camp. He joins a crowded backfield with Washington that already includes Adrian Peterson, 2018 second-round pick Derrius Guice (who is also coming off a torn ACL), third-down back Chris Thompson and 2017 fourth-rounder Samaje Perine.Peterson is “one of the greatest to play the position,” Love said on a conference call. “Being able to come in and learn from him and learn from all the other backs in the room is going to definitely be big.”In four years at Stanford, Love rushed for 3,865 yards and 30 touchdowns. After running for 2,118 yards as a junior, a nagging ankle injury limited Love to 739 years as a senior before he injured his knee.Love went into last season a Heisman Trophy candidate before the injuries derailed him. But he said he “wouldn’t change anything” about his decision to stay in school even though his draft stock dropped.“Life is about learning and developing and progressing and obviously I feel like I’m a better player for what I went through,” Love said.Martin took 1,469 snaps at left guard over the past two seasons and allowed just two sacks. He will push former Giants and Jaguars lineman Ereck Flowers for the starting job between left tackle Trent Williams and center Chase Roullier.“I knew they were in the market for a guard, so I definitely knew I was on the radar,” Martin said. “I’m just really excited to get in there and work my tail off and do everything I can to help the organization.”
      August 11, 2019 8:48 PM MDT
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