I think Doug Martin may be our next Andy Dalton in this year’s draft. The Bengals have already scouted and shown an obvious interest in him (even if we haven't come right out and said it, it's not a huge secret to anyone who has been paying attention), kind of like we did with Andy Dalton last year.
The kid appears to be a smart player who is a hard worker and does everything really well and he still is more than likely not going to be one of the elite prospects at his position who is taken in the first round, kind of like Andy Dalton last year.
I'll admit, I like him a lot and have thought maybe we should even try and reach for with our 2nd first round pick, (assuming Trent Richardson is already off the boards when we pick) or possibly trade up in 2nd round to try and get him. Realistically, I do NOT see the Bengals doing either, which is probably the smart decision.
In fact, I think they are going to play it just like they did last year with Andy Dalton, they will sit and wait until there 2nd round pick comes around and hope he falls to them. Once again, I think they will be rewarded for making a great decision and the player they have been targeting all along will fall into their lap in the second round, just like Andy Dalton did last year.
Here's why I think he may fall to us in the second.
Right now, all the excitement and buzz is obviously around the senior bowl. But if you really look at most draft boards, about 50% of the top prospects (in the first 2 rounds) are under classmen. If you start to look deeper and break it down to just the RB position, the 3 top RB prospects are all under classman who did not compete in the senior bowl this week. The three top RB prospects (Trent Richardson, Lamar Miller, and David Wilson), all also possess great physical gifts and will all more than likely tear it up at the combines this year, which will solidify their draft ranking to a lot of teams. When you add Chis Polk, La Michael James, and Isaiah Pead to mix, to go along with Doug Martin it's not hard to imagining him falling to us in 2nd round. Some teams will covet Polk because of his size and James and Pead both bring the added dimension of return skills to the table that teams will value as well.
I'm not saying it's a sure thing Doug Martin will fall to us in the 2nd round, I'm just saying do not discount the possibility, because I could really see it playing just like it did last year with Andy Dalton. We are patient (too patient for my liking :), and then we are rewarded by landing the guy we have been targeting the whole time.