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Bucs trade back into first round to get Doug Martin

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LeGarrette Blount dodged a bullet when the Buccaneers missed out on Trent Richardson, but he’s still going to have some competition this summer.

The Bucs traded back into the first round to select Boise State running back Doug Martin with the 31st overall pick. The move will either make him a complement to Blount or vice versa, but the Bucs have upgraded their ground game all the same.

Martin has drawn some comparisons to Ray Rice from scouts during the run-up to the draft because of his build (5’9″, 220-odd pounds) and his playing style. He can catch passes out of the backfield, pass block and run behind new guard Carl Nicks to help the Bucs move the ball down the field. The Buccaneers were short on offensive playmakers last season, but Martin gives them a player who should help in that department.

This is the second time the Broncos have traded down this evening and the move leaves them without a first round pick. It was the second trade of the night for the Bucs as well, although they dealt down early in the first round. They sent the 36th pick and the 101st pick, acquired from the Jags earlier in the night, to Denver for the 31st pick and the 126th pick that Denver got in their deal with New England.

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32 Responses to “Bucs trade back into first round to get Doug Martin”
  1. buccaneersforlife says: Apr 26, 2012 11:01 PM

    As a die hard, I’m pleased so far with Mark and his two selections! New coach, new receiver, new rb, new lineman, new cb, new safety. What else can we ask for of them! GO BUCS GO BUCS GO BUCS!!

  2. desmondclee says: Apr 26, 2012 11:01 PM

    Not to be too much the grammar police, especially on Draft Day, but it’s “complement” not “compliment”.

  3. omegaichiban says: Apr 26, 2012 11:03 PM

    Correct me if i’m wrong, didn’t Ray Rice fumble late in a play-off game two years ago? How is that a healthy comparison?

  4. bucrightoff says: Apr 26, 2012 11:08 PM

    Obviously makes up for the disappointment of not getting more for trading back. In fact without trading back I don’t think the Bucs have the 4th to swap. And Martin is perfect for the Bucs.

  5. jluns275 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:08 PM

    Hopefully, Blount does not knock Martin out for taking his roster spot.

  6. fin72 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:10 PM

    Isn’t it ironic that the guy who is going to take Lagarette’s carries away is a former teammate of the guy Blount punched out?

  7. tmatelski says: Apr 26, 2012 11:14 PM

    C’mon Donkeys runningback is a huge need here and D. Martin was the guy that is perfect in the new P Manning era he runs blocks and oh yeah he stays healthy sorry Knowshon. They blew it, McGahee can’t do it again this year alone.

  8. frustratedbucsfan says: Apr 26, 2012 11:16 PM

    WE NEED DEFENSE….DEFENSE…DEFENSE

  9. beauregard says: Apr 26, 2012 11:19 PM

    Do the Broncos just have so much talent that they don’t have any use for first rounders? No holes to fill anywhere that a first rounder could fill?
    C’mon Elway, we thought when McDaniel’s left it would get better.

  10. gatorbuc says: Apr 26, 2012 11:20 PM

    No surprise that Schiano wants the guy they compare to Ray Rice. Great first round for the Bucs tonight.

  11. foosballisthedevil says: Apr 26, 2012 11:21 PM

    Blount competing for play time opposite a Boise State alum….

    Watchout for the sucker punch Martin

  12. beeroncos says: Apr 26, 2012 11:24 PM

    I was hoping DEN would take Martin at 31 after the first draft order trade. He would be a solid compliment to McGahee. Thinking they may try to nab Lamichael James (OR) at 36 now. Small runner with some injury history, but he was awesome for the Ducks. Fox doesn’t usually go for smaller backs, but you never know…

  13. nodindenver says: Apr 26, 2012 11:27 PM

    Broncos got fleeced! Sleep well EFX because Hightower will be haunting you for years to come. The best two RBs were taken since your lapse so good luck! Last Years draft got you two out of seven starters. DEFENSE like NYG dammit!!!!!!!

  14. jeffreys821 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:36 PM

    We’ve quite apparently got a lot of “stupid is cool” types here. It’s all good, hit me with the thumbs down, primary schoolers!

  15. chasemutley says: Apr 26, 2012 11:40 PM

    It’s nice to see Bucs fans get excited again. That’s a solid franchise base that deserves better results.

  16. spellingcops says: Apr 27, 2012 12:03 AM

    Do the Broncos just have so much talent that they don’t have any use for first rounders? No holes to fill anywhere that a first rounder could fill?
    C’mon Elway, we thought when McDaniel’s left it would get better.
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    If you are even a glimmer of a Broncos fan, you will NEVER compare ANYTHING about John Freaking Elway to Josh Puke McDaniels EVER again!!! That statement is idiotic. McDaniels handed our franchise its worst season in history. John Elway brought it back in a year, drafted the DROY, & added the biggest free agent in NFL history. Quit being such an impatient tool bag, and sit back and watch. They know what they are doing.

  17. buccaneersforlife says: Apr 27, 2012 12:10 AM

    ESPN rates the Buccaneers as the winner of the 1st round. Impressive offseason front office! You got me to buy some tickets!

  18. beauregard says: Apr 27, 2012 12:32 AM

    If you are even a glimmer of a Broncos fan, you will NEVER compare ANYTHING about John Freaking Elway to Josh Puke McDaniels EVER again!!! That statement is idiotic. McDaniels handed our franchise its worst season in history. John Elway brought it back in a year, drafted the DROY, & added the biggest free agent in NFL history. Quit being such an impatient tool bag, and sit back and watch. They know what they are doing.

    You obviously have something buried in Elway to so blindly follow. It’s also obvious you know little about football.
    They have an aged QB and are in WIN NOW mode. They need players who can contribute NOW, not three years from now. Trading back is wasting Peyton’s time now. They should of been trading up not back. Elway pulled a definite McDaniel’s move here. Take your orange colored glasses of and see the truth.

  19. chasemutley says: Apr 27, 2012 12:40 AM

    John….Freaking….Elway….

  20. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Apr 27, 2012 12:44 AM

    I’ve been clamoring for this guy for months, so excited that we traded up and made sure we got him.

  21. footballfan292 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:53 AM

    Bucs were not as bad talent-wise as they looked at the end of 2011. The coaching was some of the worst I’ve ever seen in my life.

  22. lostsok says: Apr 27, 2012 5:54 AM

    Boise! STAAAATE!

  23. bucforever says: Apr 27, 2012 7:17 AM

    I am a Bucs fan and I am excited about the 1st round picks. Defense and offense just got a lot better. Can’t ask for much more. Good show so far.
    GO BUCS!

  24. chc4 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:14 AM

    Not buying the Bucs moves at all. They trade back for an additional 4th rounder and then miss out on 2 of their biggest needs (Claiborne & TRich) to take a safety? Then trade back up for an inferior RB? Odd.

  25. toosharp23 says: Apr 27, 2012 10:10 AM

    @chc4

    They didn’t even have a 4th round pick, Ron Cooper was Claibourne’s coach at LSU and he must have known enough not to want claibourne.. They got the best safety who loves to hit and can cover TE and a very good running back who blocks and catches out of the back field. Only 1 RB taking in the fisrt 20 picks has been to a Superbowl in the last 10 years so with 2 first rounders and a free 4th round pick the Bucs had a great first round.. Giants were going to take Martin so Bucs moved up 6 spots by trading back a few spots in the 4th which pick we didn’t have going into the draft… Very smart moves by the GM…

  26. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Apr 27, 2012 11:05 AM

    Moving down was the right move for the Broncos. The players they most needed, and hoped would slip, we’re all gone (Gilmore, Kirkpatrick, Cox, Brockers, Poe, Barron and DeCastro). So they were left with Kendall Reyes, Doug Martin, and Jerel Worthy, among others, who they didn’t feel represented good value at the end of the first. When that happens, smart teams move down and get more picks. Now that they’ve moved back, Reyes and Worthy are still available, as are Lamar Miller, Trumaine Johnson, Brandon Boykin, Josh Robinson… All of those guys represent better value in the 2nd round than the first, and they all fill big needs.

    Courtney Upshaw would also be a great pick – better than Dumervil against the run and better than Ayers against the pass. Cordy Glenn would be a big upgrade over Beadles on the o-line as well. Then there’s Stephen Hill who would give Manning more toys to play with. They have a lot of options at #4 tonight. They will very likely end up with one of the players they would’ve considered at #25 anyway, and added a pick at the top of the 4th in the process.

    Elway is doing a remarkable job.

  27. bucwild05 says: Apr 27, 2012 11:17 AM

    chc4 says:Apr 27, 2012 8:14 AM

    Not buying the Bucs moves at all. They trade back for an additional 4th rounder and then miss out on 2 of their biggest needs (Claiborne & TRich) to take a safety? Then trade back up for an inferior RB? Odd.
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    Safety was a bigger need on the team than anything. Who did the Bucs have? CB Barber moving to the spot, and Grimm? Wow! Yay.

    We do have Biggers, who isn’t all that bad, and Talib… no one knows for sure if he’s going to be suspended.

    I watched some video highlights on Barron, he reminds me on Lynch and Polomalu. I think he’ll be great for the Team.

    And then taken the 2nd best RB in the draft. Good job Tampa.

  28. broncobeta says: Apr 27, 2012 11:41 AM

    @ebbycalvinlaloosh

    Keep drinking that kool-aid.

    Elway and Co got fleeced by the Bucs.

    Basically the Broncos asked if the Bucs could break a $10 and the Bucs gave them 8 $1′s.

    It was a bad trade. Instead of drafting the best talent when it’s there, they trade back into the fourth round multiple times.

    If they have to use one or more of those fourth rounders to move up in the second, it makes moving back from the first useless.

    The Broncos claim they won’t reach on a player, but trading back like this is just fancy reaching.

    If Manning, Thomas, Decker, McGahee, Kuper, or Dumervil gets hurt Denver is screwed.

    Also, Joe Mays is still the starting MLB, he is awful.

    The Broncos are praying that they avoid injuries this year, and just pick up some DTs to fill the void.

    Fancy reaching.

  29. tatum064 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:46 PM

    chc4 says:
    Apr 27, 2012 8:14 AM
    Not buying the Bucs moves at all. They trade back for an additional 4th rounder and then miss out on 2 of their biggest needs (Claiborne & TRich) to take a safety? Then trade back up for an inferior RB? Odd.
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    Martin might be the best RB to come out in this draft…Schiano coached Ray Rice, and Martin’s blitz pick up, drive, quicks and cutback ability are similar…the guy that has the pressure is really Josh Freeman, who regressed last year.

  30. ezmagic says: Apr 27, 2012 1:03 PM

    The broncos traded that pick because they can’t afford to pay a 1st rounder. All their $ is spent on a 36 yr old injured QB. Thanks denver lol. Let’s go bucs! Great FA signings and great 2 1st round selections.

  31. philliesbucsfan says: Apr 27, 2012 2:03 PM

    Very happy with both of Tampa’s picks in the first round. Can’t complain about filling holes in the offense and defense

  32. freedogin says: Apr 28, 2012 11:21 PM

    I think the pick for Doug is perfect! This new coach wants to run the sh$t out of the ball and between Blount and Doug, this should be fun. Back to Buc Ball Baby!!!! Remember the A-Train and Warrick Dunn?????

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