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Hogan goes to Chiefs, Martinez and Murphy to Packers

 

Stanford's Blake Martinez and Kevin Hogan were both selected in the NFL Draft on Friday, with teammate Kyle Murphy being tabbed on Saturday. Martinez and Murphy went to the Green Bay Packers and Hogan to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Blake Martinez, Stanford's leading tackler for the past two seasons, was selected by the Packers in the fourth round. He was the 131st overall pick. Hogan was selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round as the 162nd pick overall. Murphy was selected by the Packers in the sixth round as the 200th pick overall.

Martinez is Stanford's 11th defensive player taken in the NFL Draft since 2010.

"Unbelievable moment," Martinez said. "It is seriously unreal. I can't wait to get my parents in a cheesehead hat."

The inside linebacker from Tucson, Ariz., was selected to the AP All-America third team, USA Today All-America second team and All-Pac-12 first team as a senior in 2015. A semifinalist for the Butkus Award, Martinez also was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award, Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award watch lists, and was a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.

A management science and engineering major, Martinez finished his Stanford career with 257 tackles (139 solo). He recorded 13.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, intercepted five passes and forced five fumbles.

As a senior, Martinez led the Pac-12 with 141 tackles (75 solo) -- ranking seventh nationally -- and averaged a conference-best 10.1 per contest. In 14 games, he collected 10 or more tackles nine times, posting 14 at Northwestern and USC, 13 against Arizona, 12 against Arizona State and Notre Dame. He also had 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, six pass breakups, and forced a fumble in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

With Hogan's selection, Stanford ranks third all-time for quarterbacks drafted with 22, and second in the modern era (since 1967).

The McLean, Va., native is the winningest starting quarterback in school history (36-10). Hogan, a two-year team captain, was 16-6 against opponents ranked in the AP Top 25, led Stanford to three Pac-12 titles, and is the first quarterback to win three postseason bowl games, guiding the Cardinal to a pair of Rose Bowl victories and a Foster Farms Bowl triumph.

Hogan's career numbers are impressive: 10,634 total offense yards (first in Stanford history), 65.9 completion percentage (second), 154.6 passing efficiency (second), 727 pass completions (third), 9,385 passing yards (third), 75 touchdown passes (third) and 1,103 pass attempts (fourth).

Murphy is the second Stanford lineman selected in the NFL Draft, following first-round choice Joshua Garnett, the 28th overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers.

A science, technology and society major from San Clemente, Murphy started at left tackle in all 14 games as a senior, and was a Phil Steele All-America third team, All-Pac-12 first team and AP All-Pac-12 first team choice.

Murphy helped protect the blindside of quarterback Kevin Hogan, as the line allowed only 1.43 sacks per game and paved the way for running back Christian McCaffrey to rush for 2,019 yards, second-most nationally.

Murphy was selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy watch lists.

As a junior in 2014, Murphy started all 13 games at right tackle and the unit ranked 18th nationally in tackles for loss allowed (4.62/game) and 42nd in sacks allowed (1.77/game. He earned All-Pac-12 and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 second team honors.

Murphy played in 13 games at offensive tackle and in jumbo packages as a sophomore. He was a member of one of the top offensive lines in the country, as Stanford ranked 22nd in rushing offense (207.4 yards/game), 11th in sacks allowed (1.14/game) and seven in tackles for loss allowed (4.14/game).

— Stanford Athletics

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