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.