Doug Martin backing up due diligence

Updated: October 26, 2012, 3:46 PM ET
By Kevin Weidl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie RB Doug Martin had the best game of his brief career -- 29 carries, 135 yards, TD; 3 catches, 79 yards, TD -- in his team's win over the Minnesota Vikings, and he appears to have a bright future in the NFL.

Martin's rise to a first-round pick and subsequent success with the Bucs are perfect examples of why the draft process is a marathon rather than a sprint and how due diligence pays off for scouts.