After addressing the media after selecting Mark Barron, Mark Dominik hurried out of the media studio at One Buc Place, saying he had more work to do tonight.
He wasn’t kidding.
The Bucs traded up from the 36th overall pick back into the first round, selecting Boise State RB Doug Martin with the 31st overall pick. They sent the 36th and 101st overall picks (the latter of which was acquired in trade with Jacksonville) to Denver for the 31st and 126th overall picks.
Greg Schiano told ESPNFlorida.com that what he liked about Martin compared to other running back candidates on the board was the “totality of what he can do” in relation to blocking, running style, and ability to catch the football. Dominik called Martin a “three-down back”. Schiano also made reference Martin’s return ability when asked if Martin had the ability to make people miss. Martin had a 100-yard kickoff return against Arizona State in the 2012 Las Vegas Bowl.
Martin is coming off a pair of back-to-back seasons with 1200+ yards rushing for Boise State. He had a career high 1299 yards rushing in 2011. Compact at 5’9”, 219 pounds, Martin reminds Schiano of one of his bullish, hard-running former players: Ray Rice.
“I do see some of it,” Schiano said. “To tell you the truth, I do. I see a guy who runs hard and plays hard.”
While Martin might not have top-end, breakaway speed, he’s not slow either. He has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.48 seconds and had season-long touchdown runs of 84 yards in 2010 and 65 yards in 2011 for the Broncos.
Martin will pair with LeGarrette Blount in what the Bucs hope will be a strong one-two punch behind a new and improved offensive line. Martin referenced an interesting word when telling ESPNFlorida.com his thoughts about his new backfield mate Blount: partnership.
“I think it’s going to be an awesome partnership back there.”