Doug Martin and 5 Players Who Are Clearly the Future of the NFL

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Doug Martin and 5 Players Who Are Clearly the Future of the NFL
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Doug Martin can do it all as the running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: run, block and catch passes out of the backfield. Coach Greg Schiano has been behind his (second) first-round pick for quite some time, and for good reason.

In a league filled with backfield committees, Martin is capable of holding down the fort on his own.

He doesn’t have to, since LeGarrette Blount is a skilled runner in his own right, but the abilities that Martin brings to the table are something that NFL coaches and GMs undoubtedly look for in their pursuit of collegiate stars.

There are other players in the league that didn’t take long to make their presences felt in the NFL—and some are re-defining their positions as we speak.

NFL front offices will begin looking for the next "fill-in-the-blank" while the current guy is still playing.

Here are five of those guys, ranked by how much their positional roles might be valued going forward.

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