Notre Dame Football | May 8, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Former University of Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin was selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and was the first Fighting Irish player taken in this year's draft. He became the 64th former Notre Dame player to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Martin is the highest drafted Irish offensive lineman since the Seattle Seahawks chose Andy Heck with the 15th pick of the 1989 draft. He is the first Notre Dame offensive lineman selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since Jeff Faine was chosen by the Cleveland Browns with the 21st pick of the 2003 draft.
Martin is the 13th offensive lineman in school history to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. In addition Heck and Faine, 10 other Irish offensive lineman have been chosen in the first round, including Frank Szymanski (sixth overall by the Detroit Lions in 1945), George Connor (fifth overall by the New York Giants in 1946), Bill Fischer (10th overall by the Chicago Cardinals in 1949), Art Hunter (third overall by the Green Bay Packers in 1954), Frank Varrichione (sixth overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1955), Paul Seiler (12th overall by the New York Jets in 1967), Tom Regner (23rd overall by the Houston Oilers in 1967), George Kunz (second overall by the Atlanta Falcons in 1969), Aaron Taylor (16th overall by the Green Bay Packers in 1994) and Luke Petitgout (19th overall by the New York Giants in 1999).