Running back might not be the biggest need for the Green Bay Packers in the 2012 NFL draft, but it is certainly an intriguing position for the team. While their offense doesn’t necessary suffer with poor play at running back, it would certainly make them all the more dangerous if they had a real weapon in the backfield.
Two prospects that carry first-round grades, but could slip into the second or third rounds are Doug Martin of Boise State and Chris Polk of Washington. Each player brings a unique skill set to the field.
Martin is one of the most complete backs in the draft, and while he isn’t necessarily “elite” in any aspect of his game, he is a solid all-around contributor. Not only would he be an improvement as a pure runner, but Martin can also block and act as a receiver out of the backfield.
Many consider Martin to be the second or third best running back available in this year’s draft, and if the Packers could land him, it would be a huge boost to their team.
As far as Polk goes, he may not be as complete of a player as Martin, but he may be a better pure running back. He is extremely patient and excels at running between the tackles. Polk still has room to grow as a true receiving threat, but he could definitely grow into one of the better pass-catching running backs.
While both Martin and Polk would be an instant upgrade over James Starks, Alex Green or Brandon Saine, the best player for the Packers to draft would be Martin.
With how much Green Bay loves to throw the ball, the Packers absolutely need a running back who can not only act as a receiver on a check-down, but also stay in the backfield and help protect Aaron Rodgers. That skill is one that can be taught, but a player who shows a willingness to do that is a special player that is already way ahead of the learning curve.
Adding a player like Martin would make the best offense in the league even more dangerous and unstoppable. Sounds pretty good to me.Follow @MatthewJStein