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Greg’s Take: Tom Coughlin still wants to run the ball. Never forget that. Boise State’s Doug Martin is the pick. Martin has a feature back mentality. He attacked downhill with decisiveness, determination, toughness and competitiveness. There was a blue collar, workingman element to his game that was more appealing and captivating with each tape I watched. He ran with velocity, and that translated into natural power. There were some elements of Ray Rice in Martin’s running style. Martin was one of the last players I re-watched late in the process, and I liked him more each time I saw him.
My Thoughts: I like the idea of taking a running back in the first round, but I hate the one Cosell has the Giants taking here.
Don’t get me wrong, I love what I have seen from Doug Martin. He has all the tools which Cosell touched on. However, he has no place in the first round with better backs still on the board.
If the Giants are going to break from the mold and take a running back in the first round, they are not going to make a reach for Martin.
Lamar Miller, David Wilson and Chris Polk are all available in Cosell’s mock draft, and I prefer any one of them over Martin for the Giants in the first round.