The term "country strong" is often used to describe someone from the roots of the country -- someone raised on "meat and potatoes" and often spends time working on family-owned farms.
The Redskins fourth-round pick from Indiana University was deemed one of the strongest men in the Big Ten for his gritty style of play and his innate ability to toss defenders by his wayside seemingly every snap. In other words, he fits that decription.
When informed of his praise, Martin confidently answered, "You ever bail hay?"
The transition from college football to the NFL isn't easy, as Martin and fellow Redskins draft selections got their first taste of NFL practices after completing their first minicamp at the Inova Sports and Performance Center at Redskins Park on Mother's Day weekend.
“I mean it is what I expected," Martin said. "There’s a ton more to it than the college game and there’s a lot to learn, a lot to adapt to.”
A two-time All-Big Ten honoree, Martin finished first among all collegiate guards in sacks allowed after surrendering just two over his final 1,469 snaps.
With an expected competition in place at left guard, Martin joins Ereck Flowers and fellow draft selection Ross Pierschbacher in a three-man battle to start beside perennial Pro-Bowler Trent Williams and opposite of former 2015 first-round selection Brandon Scherff.
Just over a week into his NFL career, Martin described his first seven days saying, “it’s been good, you know we’ve been staying busy getting a routine."
Martin continued: "Like I said, that’s been the biggest thing is being consistent and getting used to things.”
Consistency and rapport with teammates is something not just Martin and his fellow rookies will look to build over the next couple months heading into training camp, but a sign of continued health to develop a unit during the 2019 season. It would be a welcomed change to head coach Jay Gruden's team.
“It’s been great, you see a lot of the guys coming together, guys leading, guys following all that good stuff.”
The 6-foot-3, 316-pound guard will look to transfer his collegiate success to the NFL level on an offensive line that when healthy could prove to be one of the youngest, most talented units in the league.
“I'm a blue-collar guy that’s going to show up every day, do all the little things right, be consistent in his play and push people to the ground," Martin said.