Dec 22, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Boise State Broncos running back Doug Martin (22) carries the ball against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Buccaneers Trade Back into First Round, Draft Doug Martin

It’s been a bust draft day for Mark Dominik. First he wheels and deals, trading the fifth pick to Jacksonville eventually selecting Alabama safety Mark Barron.

But before the night was over, he dealer again, trading the 36st pick and the and the 101st pick to the Denver Broncos for the 31st and 126th pick in the draft.

Tampa passed on Morris Claiborne earlier this evening to take Barron and fill a gigantic hole at safety. But Mark Dominik went offense with this pick drafting Boise St. running back Doug Martin.

Martin will join LeGarrette Blount in the backfield in Tampa, fulfilling some fans cry for another running back.

Plus Greg Schiano, a coach who historically loves to run the ball, has a dual back system to do what he loves best. Martin is a strong, quick runner and has drawn comparisons to Trent Richardson, the guy the Bucs were projected to draft at 5th overall in some mocks.

Not only that, but Martin has great hands, can catch the ball and can block as well. He’s very much an Earnest Graham type running back but the Bucs are getting him with fresh Pro legs.

Not only that, but Martin can return the ball to which will take pressure off of Preston Parker if need be, or provide the Bucs with two great returners on kickoffs.

Mark Dominik continues to shock us all with today’s draft but he hasn’t misfired. Instead, Dominik might be putting together the best draft he’s had as the Buccaneers GM.



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