2016: Nick Martin
In 2015, the Houston Texans fielded a very pedestrian offense, and it started up front with the offensive line. They allowed 36 sacks. The rushing offense was ranked 15th in the NFL, posting 108.2 yards per game. They gained 3.7 yards per carry, which is not a number that is going to impress anybody. Per Football Outsiders, the Texans line was outside the top ten in pass protection as well.
They needed help, so in comes Nick Martin with the 50th pick of the 2016 draft. Here are some thoughts from his draft profile:
"Loves to play the game as physically as he can. Plays with a mean streak and then some. Finishes a block with authority if he gets the advantage. Showed ability to anchor and play with strengths against power across from him…Three-year starter who possesses the leadership, intelligence and toughness that general managers and offensive line coaches look for from their centers. A season ending knee injury in 2013 might have taken away some of his natural bend and athleticism, but Martin’s play strength and toughness should make him an early starter in the league at either guard or center."
So here we have a player that the Texans were in need of, and were hopeful to get him into the starting lineup. Unfortunately for Houston, Martin never saw the field in 2016. An injury landed him on injured reserve, ending his season before it started. So obviously we cannot evaluate the success of the pick to this point.