Is Doug Martin any better than Brian Leonard?


Looking at their size, speed, strength from their combine #’s they are very, very similar.


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Martin is a little shorter, but otherwise they are pretty much the same guy at the combine.

They each put up 28 reps.

Leonard was a little faster at 4.52 vs. 4.55

Leonard had a better broad jump by 2” while Martin had a better vertical by 1.5”

Their 20 yard shuttle and 3-cone drill were within 0.10 seconds of each other.

They are each 4th year seniors.

Looking at their college #’s, Martin had 700 more rushing yards but Leonard had 1,000 more receiving yards.

Martin had a better ypc of 5.6 vs. 4.1, and twice topped 1,200 yards rushing whereas Leonard was in the 700~900 range his first 3 seasons before Ray Rice took over.


Although 4 factors to consider regarding their college #’s:

+Leonard was used as a FB and got more short-yardage carries against stacked defensive fronts thus lowering his ypc.

+Martin went against some of the worst rush defenses in the country on a weekly basis in the Mt West thus increasing his ypc.

+Leonard had to split time with Ray Rice at Rutgers for his final 2 seasons which seriously lowering his totals

+Martin had a much better team (O-Line and QB) to open up huge running lanes for him which Rutgers didn’t give Leonard thus increasing Martin’s ypc


+Neither Martin nor Leonard are very shifty, elusive, or fast for an NFL-calibre running back.

+Their weight & combine measurables were very similar.

+They each have the same power & strength, although Martin’s comes in a more compact form.

+Leonard is a better receiver.

+Both were given early-mid round 2 post-combine grades leading up to their drafts (Although Martin has been jumping up since the combine, but this is due to a weak RB class with only 1 true elite workhorse back in the 2012 class)


I'll admit that I don't see Doug Martin as much of an upgrade over Brian Leonard and certainly not worth a reach with a 1st round pick. Granted they are different style runners, but Martin doesn't seem to do much of anything on tape much better than Leonard or measure better than Leonard, so i don't see him as an upgrade over Leonard worthy of using a top-20 pick.

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