Tampa Bay didn't address the backfield until taking a flier on Jeremy McNichols of Boise State in the fifth round.
At this point, Licht is hoping that Martin can recapture 2015 All-Pro form as the team's lead back.
Appearing on Tuesday's edition of Good Morning Football, Licht raved about Martin's turnaround this offseason, stating that the 28-year-old tailback has been "outstanding" both mentally and physically.
Licht isn't alone in his newfound optimism.
"Just to see him in good spirits -- physically he looks awesome -- all of the guys on the team love Doug. We're excited to see him back. He's happy and he's healthy. We're all excited for him."
Martin's suspension will cost him the first three games of the 2017 season, which will leave the Bucs with a ground attack by committee in September.
"We like to have options," Licht emphasized, "and one of those options we like having him with us right now is the guy that was the second-leading rusher in 2015, Doug Martin."