Every Bucs fan watched disappointingly as Doug Martin’s 2016 season got off to a pedestrian start, got hampered by injury, and ended with a drug suspension.
Now, not only is his future with the team in serious doubt, but the Bucs’ running back situation is even less assured.
Last year’s fan favorite Jacquizz Rodgers is coming back, but nobody thinks he translates as a long-term three down back.
Luckily, this year’s running back crop is ripe with talent and there’s a young man who could be sitting here just waiting to return to Raymond James Stadium in 2017.
University of South Florida’s Marlon Mack has been on the radar as an option to be drafted by Jason Licht for much of this year’s build up.
Calling Mack a one-cut back is a good start, but really, the young man has some underrated wiggle in his hips and can turn in big plays anytime he touches the ball.
Much has been made of this year’s class of running backs, and the Buccaneers can be just one team to benefit from the plethora of talent as they grab a guy with second-round talent in the third.