2012 NFL Draft - Pick 31: Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

by Nicholas Minnix on April 26, 2012 @ 20:50:17 PDT


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Boise State running back Doug Martin with the 31st overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin
Martin changes pace with his hands

Fantasy Analysis: The Bucs hoped to acquire a complement to LeGarrette Blount this year, and they certainly drafted a quality player. Martin is a solid inside runner, like Blount, but he's also a good receiver out of the backfield. He's not a speed demon, though, and his ceiling is somewhat limited. It's fair to wonder whether David Wilson would've turned out to be a better choice for Tampa Bay.

Nevertheless, the team has a player who should be capable of filling the role desired. Although it's possible that Martin turns into one, there's reason to doubt whether he's an every-down back in the NFL. If his pass-protection improves, his pass-catching skills will make him a lock to be on the field when Blount isn't, however.

That ability will make him a popular target late in fantasy football drafts for PPR leagues as well as a decent handcuff to Blount. Although Tampa Bay couldn't assuredly lean on Martin if Blount missed time, the rookie's role would very likely increase.

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