Originally written on Gridiron Grit  |  Last updated 7/22/12
Rookie running backs haven’t exactly been tearing things up in the NFL in recent years. First-year backs have a lot to learn, specifically when it comes to pass protection, and it can be a tall task asking them to learn their position at the highest level, as well as figuring out complex blocking assignments. Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin (31st overall pick in 2012 NFL Draft) has a Mock Draft Central average draft position (ADP) of 22 and is the 15th running back to come off the board, according to their tallies. Yahoo!Sports is a little more cautious, but he’s still No. 36 overall and No. 15 among running backs. A very savvy and reliable runner between the tackles, Martin also has the athletic ability to break it outside.  But is he ranked too high? Word is, Martin has excelled in organize team activities (OTAs), and albeit that’s a good sign, it’s not quite the same as real-game action. There’s also an incumbent standing in the way. Photo Credit: Buccaneers...
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