With all the talk surrounding Trent Richardson, it’s easy to forget that there are other running backs in this draft class. And while Richardson is an exceptional talent, solid backs can often be found at any point in the draft.
That is why a player like Boise State’s Doug Martin continues to be brought up and floated around. By rushing for more than 1,200 yards in each of his last two seasons, the 5-9, 215 pound running back remains a solid option for a team like the Cleveland Browns, especially in the late first or early second round.
Martin is simply an example of a player that proves the Browns don’t necessarily have to draft Trent Richardson. While that too would be a tremendous, hard-to-argue-with pick, someone like Martin gives the Browns flexibility.
It’s hard to tell how interested the Browns might be in Martin, but they surely know there are other options beyond just Trent Richardson. Most people have become convinced that Richardson is the surefire pick at No. 4, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise if that doesn’t happen.
Thankfully, all of this speculation and guessing ends in three short days.