The 2012 Senior Bowl has come and gone and now it's time for the 2012 NFL Combine and pro day workouts to come before we have the big three-day event for the 2012 NFL Draft. But who helped raise their draft stock following Saturday's performances in the Senior Bowl? Boise St. Broncos running back Doug Martin was impressive all throughout practice and then he followed that up with a solid performance in the actual game. Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline names Martin as one of his draft risers following the game:
Martin had several nice runs during the game, but its [sic] the little things he did well that made him stand out. In the first quarter Martin did a terrific job picking up pass protection assignments and knocked Melvin Ingram from the action on one occasion. Later in the half his downfield block allowed Arizona State receiver Gerrell Robinson to waltz into the end zone. Even before the game scouts stamped Martin as an early second-round choice.
Martin appears to have allayed concerns over his height (5 feet 9), and if he can be an early second round choice, he certainly could sneak into the back of the first round if a team felt it needed to pick a back then or trade back in to make certain he would be available for them.
Right now, it appears that Martin an safety George Iloka are looking to be the first two Boise State players drafted in 2012.
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