Is it possible the Buccaneers will replace running back Doug Martin with Doug Martin? It’s possible after the Bucs spent their fifth-round draft pick on running back Jeremy McNichols.
The 5-foot-9, 212-pound McNichols is a virtual clone of Martin, who stands 5-9 and weighs 215 pounds. The two backs even went to the same school – Boise State.
The likelihood, though, is that if McNichols can stick with the Bucs he will more than likely challenge Charles Sims for a role as the team’s third-down, change of pace back. Anything is possible, though.
After all, McNichols walked away from BSU as a two-time All-Mountain West selection who scored a touchdown of some kind in 24 straight games between the 2015-16 seasons, the longest such streak by an FBS player since 2005.
Like Martin, McNichols is a balanced runner who has a tendency to lean forward at the end of his runs but he’s not considered to be as powerful a runner as Martin is.
Overall he’s considered a solid back and there’s a chance the 2016 Doak Walker Award semifinalist could one day unseat Martin as the Bucs lead back but it’s likely he’ll have to wait a year or two to do that.