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Alabama's Trent Richardson was the best running back in the 2012 NFL draft, and it wasn't surprising that he went off the board with the No. 3 pick. However, Boise State's Doug Martin wasn't too far behind Richardson. Furthermore, after landing in Tampa Bay, he finds himself in a perfect situation to succeed.
At 5'9" and 219 pounds, Martin has good size for an NFL running back, while also having quickness and excellent open-field speed. He will immediately help the Buccaneers in the passing game, which makes him a true every-down back and an immediate upgrade over incumbent starter LeGarrette Blount.
Not many people are talking about Martin and what he can do on the field, but rest assured, he will make an impact as a rookie.
In four years at Boise State, Martin carried the ball 617 times for 3,431 yards (5.56 yards per carry) and 47 touchdowns. He also caught 67 passes for 715 yards and four more scores.
In new head coach Greg Schiano's offense, Martin will thrive and be one of the biggest offensive surprises in 2012.