Doug Martin: 5 Biggest Pros and Cons of 2012 NFL Draft Prospect

David LevinSenior Writer IIApril 26, 2012

Doug Martin: 5 Biggest Pros and Cons of 2012 NFL Draft Prospect

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    Doug Martin is a compact, thick runner who is hard to stop.

    Believe it or not, the passing game at Boise State was not the only reason the Broncos were so successful the past few seasons. The running game was a major part of that success as well.

    The Broncos and their fans can thank Martin for his part in the prosperity.

    As the 32nd-ranked prospect by sidelinescouting.com and the second-ranked running back coming out for this year's draft, is it possible the 5'9" 223-pound runner will hear his name called Thursday night?

    Possibly yes, likely no.

    Martin is also a good blocker and pass receiver. But he still needs work on his game. There is a big separation between Martin and Trent Richardson, who may be the best prospect coming out of the draft overall.

    Here is a look at what sidelinescouting.com has to say about Martin and what we can look forward to in seeing him in the pros.

A Good NFL Body

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    Even at 5'9", he is compact and strong and runs with power.

    He has an NFL body, very compact and stout. Martin also has a big lower body, tough to wrap up and has great upper body strength

    He is on good short area burst, accelerates quickly and is tough to contain due to his lateral quickness.

Knows How to Block

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    "He would be great in a zone blocking scheme", as the report on sidelinescouting.com stats

    Martin is also has great receiving ability out of the backfield. He had 56 receptions over the past two years, shows soft hands and ability to pluck the ball on the run.

    What you will get is good production with consecutive 1,200-plus yard seasons and 43 touchdowns on the ground over the past three years has indicated.

    He also has not had any real injuries in his career, which makes durability something that can be a positive.

Strong Runner

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    He runs like he has a purpose.

    Martin really seems determined and never gives up. "He has the ability to be an every-down back in the NFL with his combination of size, quickness and versatility."

    His ability on third down will be beneficial as well in short-yardage plays.

    He may also play fullback.


Not for the Long Runs

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    "Martin has average speed and is not one who will go the distance each time he touches the ball." according to the scouting report.

    While he does not have the speed of other runners, I still think he will be a feature back. If he used as a third-down type and someone who can be a goal line presence, he will be successful.

    Also, he will need to wait for his blockers to open holes for him before he hits the line.



Can He Play Against the Elite?

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    He had a bad game against Georgia this past season. He ran 24 times for 57 yards, and he did not play against TCU this year.

    Martin is also not a game breaker. He is more of a grind-it-out type of running back and will need many carries to reach 100 yards per game. The team that takes him will use him as a change of pace back.