Boise State's Doug Martin is a coach's dream. Hungry to learn, crazy competitive and an all-out perfectionist. Throw in the fact that Martin also happens to have boatloads of talent and you have a dream of a football player.
The 5' 9" 219-pound former Bronco has a compact build and is truly a complete back. Able to run inside and outside, as well as catch the ball out of the backfield, he is a real three-down back who will be able to contribute in every phase of the game.
What the Experts Are Saying:
From the Fifth Down Blog's Matt Waldman:
Martin does three things that a lot of N.F.L.-caliber runners can do: 1) Run through arm tackles, 2) Make subtle and sharp cuts 3) Burst out of those cuts and maintain that good acceleration for 15-20 yards. Martin demonstrates very good press and cutback skills, and he understands where the hole should be and how to hit it. He makes quick changes of direction in tight spaces while still getting downhill. His legs generally stay moving after contact in most any situation, and he’s usually giving defenders a ride as he goes for extra yards.
Shows some tightness in his hips and can learn to be more crafty running routes. Average hip power to clear through the first wave. Has been nicked with hip, hamstring and ankle injuries, and his hard-charging running style could always invite injury. Was contained by Georgia and did not regularly face top competition.
Martin may not be Trent Richardson, but it's quite possible he could end up having better production both in his rookie year and in years to come, depending on how he ends up being used at the NFL level. He is a true all-purpose back who should be a starter sooner rather than later.
Trent Richardson had been linked to the Bucs who were looking to find a compliment to LeGarrette Blount. The Bucs found that compliment with pick 31 and Boise State RB Doug Martin. A shifty back who will likely be a 3rd down option in his rookie season with Tampa Bay.