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Many readers will wonder why Doug Martin made this list over Trent Richardson, arguably the most complete back in the 2012 NFL Draft. I have three reasons why this Bronco came out on top.
First of all, running backs with knee issues, no matter how minor, tend to scare me. Richardson may be 100 percent, but depending on what doctors saw during his procedure, there may be some heightened injury risk. Secondly, Richardson is almost guaranteed to be picked before Martin. At such a commoditized position, and additional value given up is important.
Lastly, Doug Martin is also a very complete back. He runs the ball effectively inside and out, catches the ball well and has good speed and elusiveness. Perhaps most importantly for NFL teams, his blocking is top-notch—NFL coaches should feel comfortable allowing him to play on third down as a rookie.