NFL Combine: Doug Martin

NFL Combine: Doug Martin

NFL Combine: Doug Martin

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by Jay Tust

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Posted on February 25, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 5:45 PM

Doug Martin
Runningback

Pre-Combine Grade: 74.2 (Eventual Starter, 2nd-3rd round pick)

What they're saying:
Strengths
Martin is a highly productive back with a polished all-around game. He looks and plays like a starting NFL back. He has a lot of experience carrying the ball and has been a reliable runner when closing out games for Boise State. He is careful with the ball and a very savvy runner between the tackles with the athletic ability to break it outside.
Weaknesses
Martin is a very traditional back who is not extremely explosive. He is good in all facets, but some scouts will knock him for not being "outstanding" in any one particular area.

Jay's Take:
As much as the combine is set up to show Kellen Moore's weaknesses, it will exhibit runningback Doug Martin's strengths.

After running the 40 in the 4.4s at Boise State's Junior Day last year, Martin ran a 4.55 at the combine on Sunday.  While it was slightly slower than expected, he made up for it in plenty of other areas.  Martin finished in the top 8 in every drill except the 40, including top 5 finishes in the broad jump (10') and 20-yard shuttle (4.16 sec).  He added top 2 finishes in the 60-yard shuttle (11.29 sec) and 3-cone drill, to along with 28 reps at 225-pounds on the bench press, which tied Utah State's Robert Turbin for the most by a runningback at the combine.

Drawing comparisons to Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants and Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Martin continues to add bulk without losing his athleticism.  He showed up at the Senior Bowl in January at 219 pounds - up 11 from when he reported at Boise State last fall - and checked in at 223 at the NFL combine.

NFL analyst Mike Mayock said he believes Martin will be a solild three-down back in the NFL, while I think he just locked himself into the second round of April's draft.

Measurements:
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 223
Arm Length: 30 1/2"
Hands: 9"

Workout Day: Sunday
40-Yard: 4.55 (13th out of 27)
> 4.57 seconds (1st attempt, unofficial time), 4.47 (2nd attempt, unofficial time) - Watch: 5:12:45 and 5:40:50 on CAM 1
Bench Press: 28 reps (t-1st with Utah State's Robert Turbin) - MUST WATCH: 5:57:36 on CAM 1 (Note: Robert Turbin is right before Martin on the timeline.  He hit 30 reps but had two taken away because he didn't "lock out.")
Vertical Jump: 36" (t-8th out of 27) - Watch: 6:51:55 on CAM 1
Broad Jump: 10' (t-5th out of 24)
3-Cone Drill: 6.79 seconds (2nd out of 22)
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.16 seconds (t-5th out of 21)
60-Yard Shuttle: 11.29 (2nd out of 9)

Official numbers courtesy of NFL.com.

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