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Irish Insights


Notre Dame's Martin goes to Dallas

Zack Martin was the first Notre Dame player chosen in this year's NFL draft, going to the Dallas Cowboys with the No. 16 selection Thursday night.

The 6-foot-4, 308-pound offensive lineman was a two-time captain for the Irish and set a school record with 52 consecutive starts.

“I like Zack Martin at Notre Dame,” Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden said. “He might be my favorite linemen in this draft – 52-time starter, captain, really excelled at the Senior Bowl, drill work.”

Notre Dame has had a player chosen in the first round of the draft in each of the last three years.

Former Irish receiver Michael Floyd (No. 13) and safety Harrison Smith (No. 29) were each selected in the first round in 2012, and former Irish tight end and Bishop Dwenger star Tyler Eifert (No. 21) was taken in the first round last year.