We here at Mocking the Draft put together a bracket to match up the top 32 rookie quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends drafted in April. Put simply, it's a NCAA tournament style bracket to help us decide which rookie will score the most fantasy points this coming season. If you want to see the updated bracket with the results of the first round, click here. Today's match up: Kendall Wright vs Doug Martin.
Like yesterday, we have another match up between two guys who soared through the first round. Wright took 70% of the vote over tight end Michael Egnew, while Martin had 84% of the vote against DeVier Posey. Unlike yesterday however, I expect this match up to be somewhat more interesting.
Why vote for Wright?
Wright can be an explosive playmaker in the Titans receiving corps. He'll start off behind Kenny Britt and Nate Washington, but look for him to split time at the X and slot receiver positions. He gives the Titans the option to spread out the defense in three receiver sets, but they can keep the defense honest with Chris Johnson in the backfield. With the defensive focus on Britt, Washington and Johnson, Wright could fly under the radar and surprise a lot of people.
More after the jump.
Why vote against Wright?
The first problem for Wright could be that second year quarterback Jake Locker might win the starting job. If that's the case, the Titans might want to lean on Chris Johnson for the majority of their offense while Locker adjusts to being a starter in the NFL. The second problem is that the Titans have already said he's going to start out learning the X position, which is currently occupied by Kenny Britt. Wright is a good player, but he will find it tough to take time away from Britt barring any injury.
Why vote for Martin?
Doug Martin is a tight, compact, physical back. He won't shy away from hits, with the ability to break tackles and gain yards after the initial contact. He should be a heavy workhorse for a Bucs team looking for a true identity. Their new head coach, Greg Schiano, is looking to install that hard-nosed mentality and a power run game with Martin is a good place to start. The Bucs spent big in the offseason, signing pro bowl guard Carl Nicks, who paired with fellow pro bowler Davin Joseph, should give Tampa a big strength up front for Martin to run behind. They also splashed out big on receiver Vincent Jackson, who should draw double coverage the majority of the time. If a safety has to hover over the top of Jackson, it means one less man in the box that can tackle Martin.
Why vote against Martin?
The heat in Tampa Bay won't make it easy for him. To take 20-25 carries a game between the tackles is hard enough over the course of the season. But throw in the factor of Florida heat for half of the games, and it makes it even harder. This could cause Martin to burn out early, or could force him to split time with incumbent LeGarrette Blount. The Bucs defense was one of the worst in the league last year. If they can't improve, then they could find themselves behind early in games and playing catch up, which could also limit the number of carries for Martin.
Let us know who you voted for and why in the comments below. I think this one will be one of the closer votes of this round.