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2012 NFL Draft Coverage: Cleveland Browns Doing Due Diligence on Boise State's RB Doug Martin

While the Cleveland Browns are widely expected to take Alabama’s star running back Trent Richardson, they are certainly doing their due diligence with the second best back in the draft—Boise State’s Doug Martin. Martin is a similar type of back to Richardson by many accounts, he’s just not quite as good at everything as Richardson is.

Martin was very productive for the Broncos the last couple of years, and has drawn comparisons to Ray Rice for not only his height deficiencies but his ability to use that low center of gravity to his advantage and his superb receiving skills.

Martin isn’t blazing fast, nor does he appear to be a big home run threat, but he could be the type of guy that comes in as a featured back and helps your team put points on the board, as he did so well for Boise State.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Browns are bringing in Martin for a visit as well as putting him through a private workout, so their interest is either legitimate or they’re trying to get someone to use a pick on him so they can have someone else. I think if they choose to go with Ryan Tannehill or Justin Blackmon at number four overall (a mistake, if you ask me) they could easily go with Martin with their 22nd overall pick.

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