Regardless of Jacobs' status it might be time for the Giants to re-stock the running back position. Jacobs will be 30 and does not have a lot of time left. Ahmad Bradshaw's feet and ankles are a mess. DJ Ware is OK, but probably not an every down back. Da'Rel Scott is still unproven. Andre Brown is still stuck behind all of those guys.
So, let's use today's 2012 NFL Draft Prospect Profile to look at one of the better running backs in the 2012 NFL Draft class -- Doug Martin of Boise State.
Playing for the high-scoring Broncos, Martin compiled more than 1,200 yards rushing in each of the past two seasons and caught 28 passes in 2010 and 2011. Martin also returned 26 kickoffs during his time at Boise State, averaging 28.4 yards per return.
Draft Tek's Giants analyst, Bill Bliss, believes the Giants will take a running back fairly early in the draft if Jacobs is let go. Of Martin, he says:
"Doug Martin could provide something special: in four years at Boise, he racked up 4300+ yards and 43 TDs. He is explosive, catches the ball out of the backfield, returns kicks, and is ahead of the curve in blitz pickup. He ended his collegiate career on a high note, as MVP of the Las Vegas Bowl. 301 yards and 2 TDs, including a 100-yard KRTD to open the game. He's a team player, a Coughlin kind of guy."
SB Nation's Mocking The Draft has Martin ranked 62nd on its Top 100 Prospects list, possibly putting him in play for the Giants at the bottom of the second round.
"Martin isn't a dynamic size/speed back, but there aren't many negatives to his game as a back. He plays fast, runs low, is natural through the line of scrimmage and has a skill set somewhat similar to former Alabama RB Mark Ingram last year. He might fall a bit because he doesn't run overly well, but he has the skill set to start in the league."
Doug Martin Profile
Weight: 210 pounds
School: Boise State
40 Time: 4.48
2011 Stats: 263 carries, 1,299 yards (4.9 yards per carry), 16 touchdowns, 28 receptions, 255 yards, 2 touchdowns