2012 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 36

FORT COLLINS, CO - OCTOBER 15: Running back Doug Martin #22 of the Boise State Broncos eludes the defense of Dominique Vinson #24, Ivory Herd #7 and Austin Gray #12 of the Colorado State Rams for a first quarter touchdown at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Fort Collins, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. We're into the second round and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are back up with the No. 35 pick.

With the 36th pick in the 2012 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Boise State running back Doug Martin.

Sander, who runs Bucs Nation, is back to explain his pick after the jump and I offer a response. For the latest on the Buccaneers, head over to BucsNation.com.

Sander explains: By picking Morris Claiborne in the first round of the draft, the Bucs addressed one need - but they still have two major needs left: linebacker and running back. Tampa Bay has a large number of linebackers, yet none of them can be safely relied upon to start and play well next season. Meanwhile, at running back they only have two players under contract: the one-dimensional Legarrette Blount, and undrafted second-year player Mossis Madu, who played about a dozen snaps last year.

With the players still on the board, the Bucs have some options here. Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David is a popular pick for the Bucs, but I'm taking a different route: running back Doug Martin out of Boise State. The Bucs need a running back who can help Legarrette Blount, who can provide them with security if Blount goes down and, most importantly, who can function as a third-down back.

Doug Martin can do all of that. He's a versatile running back who can run downhill with power, has the speed to get to the edge and has enough wiggle to make a man miss in space. He's also an experienced pass-catcher, although his pass-blocking needs to improve as with most drafted players. I've seen people compare him repeatedly to Ray Rice, Greg Schiano's old college running back, and that comparison certainly bodes well for him. In short: Martin's a complete running back who could carry the load if needed, but would at the very least be a very good complement to Legarrette Blount.

Dan Kadar responds: Since the end of the college football season, Martin has rocketed up running back rankings across the Internet. He's similar to Trent Richardson, but not quite as powerful or dynamic. With the Buccaneers being closely tied to Richardson, it wouldn't be a surprise if they go after Martin if they miss out. Martin is a stronger, more decisive runner than the other top running backs left. He could fit instantly into the Bucs offense and would overtake Blount pretty quickly on the depth chart.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
22 Zach Brown
OLB North Carolina
prospect notes
23 Brandon Thompson
DT Clemson
scouting report
24 Andre Branch
DE Clemson
scouting report
25 David Wilson
RB Virginia Tech
scouting report
29 Lamar Miller
RB Miami scouting report

Pick Team Player Pos. School Story
1 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck QB Stanford Story
2 Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III QB Baylor Story
3 Minnesota Vikings Matt Kalil OT USC Story
4 Cleveland Browns Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State Story
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Morris Claiborne CB LSU Story
6. St. Louis Rams Trent Richardson RB Alabama Story
7 Jacksonville Jaguars Quinton Coples DE North Carolina Story
8 Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M Story
9 Carolina Panthers Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State Story
10 Buffalo Bills Mike Adams OT Ohio State Story
11 Kansas City Chiefs Riley Reiff OT Iowa Story
12 Seattle Seahawks Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama Story
13 Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Martin OT Stanford Story
14 Dallas Cowboys David DeCastro G Stanford Story
15 Philadelphia Eagles Luke Kuechly LB Boston College Story
16 New York Jets Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina Story
17 Cincinnati Bengals Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina Story
18 San Diego Chargers Mark Barron S Alabama Story
19 Chicago Bears Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Story
20 Tennessee Titans Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama Story
21 Cincinnati Bengals Cordy Glenn OT Georgia Story
22 Cleveland Browns Kendall Wright WR Baylor Story
23 Detroit Lions
Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
24 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dont'a Hightower MLB Alabama
25 Denver Broncos
Michael Brockers DT LSU
26 Houston Texans
Dontari Poe DT Memphis
27 New England Patriots
Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
28 Green Bay Packers
Devon Still DT Penn State
29 Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Zeitler G Wisconsin
30 San Francisco 49ers
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
31 New England Patriots
Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut
32 New York Giants
Peter Konz C Wisconsin
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