Draft Reaction: Tampa Bay selects RB Doug Martin
Tampa Bay took advantage of the draft ending on the first day after the first round to jump out of the second round and ahead of the New York Giants at the 32nd pick to start a mini-run on running backs. The Bucs were as RB deficient as any team heading into draft weekend, and explored every opportunity to land Trent Richardson at the top of the first round. They ended up pulling the trigger on Doug Martin in the second, and landing their man.
Martin replaces the somewhat ineffective Legarrette Blount atop the depth chart immediately, and gives the Bucs a feature running back who can do it all and will learn to protect the passer. This takes the Bucs out of the range to land WR Mohammad Sanu, who I know was a popular mock draft pick for the Bucs with Greg Schiano coming from Rutgers (where Sanu played) to Tampa.
Tampa Bay entered draft weekend with just one true need on offense and a whole bunch of holes on defense. With this pick, they have a season-ready offensive unit, and can build around Mark Barron and their DL with a strong LB and CB class on days two and three.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Process Points: 11