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New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano loves to run the football. And the Bucs traded back into the first round this past draft to get him a versatile, well-rounded RB when they grabbed Doug Martin with the 31st overall pick.
Martin is quick and fast in the open field, has outstanding hands, and can handle a high volume of carries. For a Tampa Bay team expected to compete for a playoff spot, such players are invaluable.
Martin rushed for 3,431 yards and 43 touchdowns on 617 carries with Boise State. At 5'9" and 219 pounds, he is slightly undersized, but he has shown that he can take the pounding of a featured back.
While LeGarrette Blount is already on the roster, Martin will be more than just a chance-of-pace guy. I expect the rook to be the No. 1 back when the season rolls around, with Blount taking carries in short-yardage situations.
Martin could turn out to be one of the NFL's more productive backs in 2012.