Who Replaces Doug Martin if He's Traded?

ESPN reports the Bucs would be willing to trade Doug Martin for a mid-round draft pick, but who would the Bucs replace him with? We answer that here.

This should come as no surprise to Bucs fans. ESPN is reporting that the Bucs would be willing to trade running back Doug Martin for a mid-round pick in this year's draft.

Martin has progressively taken steps back since his strong rookie season. (Sound familiar? Cadillac) Martin lacks explosion, lacks the ability to stay healthy, and lacks the ability to break tackles.

I know that some might point to the Bucs struggles along the offensive line as a reason for Martin's struggles, but a running back who can't break tackles or can't explode through a hole is going to struggle behind most NFL offensive lines.

So, who replaces Doug Martin as the Bucs feature back moving forward?

What about Charles Sims?

The Buccaneers just drafted Charles Sims in the 3rd round of last year's draft. I remember this because they selected Sims right before the Rams selected RB Tre Mason, who is now their feature back, and right before the Raiders selected OG Gabe Jackson, who has become the Raiders starting left guard and started 13 games in 2014. Sims might be a nice receiver out of the backfield, but I'm not sure he fits the mold as a 20-25 carry back in Dirk Koetter's offense.

What about a trade for Adrian Peterson?

The Vikings have sent out different signals, but in the end, I think they trade Peterson for draft picks in this year's draft. The Cardinals have been the early favorites to acquire Peterson, but don't count out the Bucs. Lovie Smith knows about having to prepare a defense to stop Peterson, and Leslie Frazier has first-hand knowledge of coaching him. I expect Peterson to be a man on a mission, and despite being 30 years old, I feel he has a real good 5 years left in the NFL.

With that said, I'm still hesitant to give up more than a 4th round pick to acquire Peterson. The Bucs' 4th round pick and one of their two 5th round picks sound like the most logical package to me. Some would say a 3rd round pick is needed, but the Bucs hold the first pick in the 3rd round, which is a prime position to take a player who falls from the 2nd round. The first pick in the 3rd round just seems to valuable to give up for a 30 year old running back.

What about drafting another running back?

I'm on record as saying if Todd Gurley miraculously is available at the top of the 2nd round, the Bucs should immediately select him. Unfortunately, I doubt that happens. The Bucs will likely not be looking for another change-of-pace back, so names like Ameer Abdullah, Duke Johnson, and even Tevin Coleman might not be the best fits. I think Koetter would want more of a bruising between-the-tackles kind of back. Boise State's Jay Ajayi (who is completely different from Doug Martin), Minnesota's David Cobb, South Carolina's Mike Davis, Alabama's T.J. Yeldon, and Florida's Matt Jones all make sense for the Bucs.

I'd keep a close eye on the Bucs thinking running back at some point in this draft, and possibly earlier than people think.

To add to it, the Bucs have expressed interest in Mike Davis from South Carolina who could be a candidate for their 4th round selection.

Some might call this a running back obsession by the Bucs, but they've yet to find their true feature back. I do not blame them for wanting to upgrade a position that might have quantity, but lacks overall quality.

Oh, and with a 21 year old rookie quarterback, having a strong running back can help alleviate some of the pressure that will be placed on that rookie quarterback.

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This should come as no surprise to Bucs fans. ESPN is reporting that the Bucs would be willing to trade running back Doug Martin for a mid-round pick in this year's draft.

Martin has progressively taken steps back since his strong rookie season. (Sound familiar? Cadillac) Martin lacks explosion, lacks the ability to stay healthy, and lacks the ability to break tackles.

I know that some might point to the Bucs struggles along the offensive line as a reason for Martin's struggles, but a running back who can't break tackles or can't explode through a hole is going to struggle behind most NFL offensive lines.

So, who replaces Doug Martin as the Bucs feature back moving forward?

What about Charles Sims?

The Buccaneers just drafted Charles Sims in the 3rd round of last year's draft. I remember this because they selected Sims right before the Rams selected RB Tre Mason, who is now their feature back, and right before the Raiders selected OG Gabe Jackson, who has become the Raiders starting left guard and started 13 games in 2014. Sims might be a nice receiver out of the backfield, but I'm not sure he fits the mold as a 20-25 carry back in Dirk Koetter's offense.

What about a trade for Adrian Peterson?

The Vikings have sent out different signals, but in the end, I think they trade Peterson for draft picks in this year's draft. The Cardinals have been the early favorites to acquire Peterson, but don't count out the Bucs. Lovie Smith knows about having to prepare a defense to stop Peterson, and Leslie Frazier has first-hand knowledge of coaching him. I expect Peterson to be a man on a mission, and despite being 30 years old, I feel he has a real good 5 years left in the NFL.

With that said, I'm still hesitant to give up more than a 4th round pick to acquire Peterson. The Bucs' 4th round pick and one of their two 5th round picks sound like the most logical package to me. Some would say a 3rd round pick is needed, but the Bucs hold the first pick in the 3rd round, which is a prime position to take a player who falls from the 2nd round. The first pick in the 3rd round just seems to valuable to give up for a 30 year old running back.

What about drafting another running back?

I'm on record as saying if Todd Gurley miraculously is available at the top of the 2nd round, the Bucs should immediately select him. Unfortunately, I doubt that happens. The Bucs will likely not be looking for another change-of-pace back, so names like Ameer Abdullah, Duke Johnson, and even Tevin Coleman might not be the best fits. I think Koetter would want more of a bruising between-the-tackles kind of back. Boise State's Jay Ajayi (who is completely different from Doug Martin), Minnesota's David Cobb, South Carolina's Mike Davis, Alabama's T.J. Yeldon, and Florida's Matt Jones all make sense for the Bucs.

I'd keep a close eye on the Bucs thinking running back at some point in this draft, and possibly earlier than people think.

To add to it, the Bucs have expressed interest in Mike Davis from South Carolina who could be a candidate for their 4th round selection.

Good morning Twitter! RB Mike Davis has workout/visits with Patriots, Bucs, Falcons and Seahawks. Underrated RB with starter upside.

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 29, 2015

Some might call this a running back obsession by the Bucs, but they've yet to find their true feature back. I do not blame them for wanting to upgrade a position that might have quantity, but lacks overall quality.

Oh, and with a 21 year old rookie quarterback, having a strong running back can help alleviate some of the pressure that will be placed on that rookie quarterback.

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