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2012 NFL Draft: Cowboys Invited Boise State RB Doug Martin

The Dallas Cowboys have been projected to be taking a defensive back, defensive tackle or an offensive lineman with their first few picks. However, the Cowboys could be looking to take a running back with one of their mid-round picks. Of the 30 players that the Cowboys brought for their pre-draft visits only one was a running back and it was Boise State's Doug Martin.

The speculation comes from DeMarco Murray who is coming back from a broken ankle and Felix Joneswho is in his last year of his contract. Plus, the Cowboys have considered trading Jones to get younger at the running back position.

However, the Cowboys may not be able to wait until the mid-rounds to take Martin. It could possibly take a second round pick or even moving up into the top 40 to grab Martin. NFL Network's Mike Mayock pegs Martin as the No. 2 running back behind Alabama's Trent Richardson, and Maycok also gives Martin a first round grade.

A look at how Martin performed in Boise State's 2011 opener against Georgia:

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.