BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 03: Doug Martin #22 of the Boise State Broncos gets past Bubba Forrest #28 of the New Mexico Lobos for a touchdown at Bronco Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
Remember back in 2009 when Doug Martin played defense at Boise State? Oh, Chris Petersen, you kook. Three years after Martin's nickelback practical joke, he is a borderline first round pick and poised to become the most successful NFL running back alumnus in Boise State history (provided Mike Shanahan doesn't draft him and stick him in a six-way running back committee).
Here now is a breakdown of Martin's NFL Draft-iness. Feel free to share your hopes and dreams for Martin's NFL career in the comments.
When to start getting excited about Martin coming off the board. Though there are rumors of RB-needy teams getting antsy toward the end of Round One, most experts believe Martin and the other non-Trent Richardson backs will go in the Second Round on Friday night.
Potentially interested teams. The Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, and St. Louis Rams are likely destinations.
Where the experts think Martin will go. Hair magnate Mel Kiper has Martin going to San Diego with the 49th overall pick, and a pair of CBS guys see Martin going in the second round to either the Broncos or the Bucs. Martin is Mike Mayock's No. 2 running back and No. 17 overall player.
Martin alternatives. People say this year's NFL Draft has five elite players, and Alabama running back Trent Richardson is one of them. After Richardson, there is a logjam of talented running backs, and Martin seems to have earned the consensus as the best of the bunch. His competitors include:
- Virginia Tech's David Wilson
- Miami's Lamar Miller
- Oregon's LaMichael James
Biggest strength. Well-rounded. I mean this in the sense that he can run inside or outside, pass protect, and catch passes out of the backfield, but I guess it also works in that he is a round ball of muscle.
Biggest weakness. Lacks elite speed. Except when running away from people in Vegas Bowls.
Idaho Press-Tribune headline pun the morning after the draft. "Quickie Martin: Doug goes on Day Two's first pick"