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C.J. Spiller (RB)
  • Height:
    5'11"
  • Weight:
    196 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    30 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/8 in.
  • College:
    Clemson
  • Conference:
    ACC
Featured Prospects
Selected by: Buffalo Bills
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 9 (9)
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Pick Analysis: The Bills ignored obvious needs along the offensive line to add the most electrifying runner in the draft. Spiller gives coach Chan Gailey a multi-purpose weapon to feature in his spread offense to alleviate some of the pressure on the Bills' suspect quarterbacks. While addressing the offensive line remains a priority, it's hard to argue against the addition of a talented playmaker with the ability to score from anywhere on the field.

Overview

Spiller is not the kind of back who can carry a team by rushing 20-25 times a game over the course of a 16-game season. Like a Reggie Bush or Felix Jones, though, he can be a situational player who gives the offense big-play capability out of the backfield. He has a rare burst through the hole, and not many safeties can run him down once they lose the angle on him. He is a competitive runner who will fight for yards and has balance to bounce off hits and keep his feet to gain more yards. Spiller is apt to be the first back taken in the draft in spite of his lack of power and bulk.


Strengths

Spiller is a super-explosive home-run threat with excellent speed. Has the vision and patience to find running lanes and the hands and body control to be an effective receiver. Possesses the foot quickness and agility to change direction on a dime and make people miss in space. Fiery kid who throws his body around and fights for extra yards.

Weaknesses

Lacks the bulk to be a bell cow at the next level. Does not have the leg drive to be an effective short-yardage back. Dances too much in the hole and has too many negative plays. Struggles to sustain blocks in pass protection.

Grade

8.7

 

Video Playlist

  • Bills take Spiller

    Published: April 22, 2010 at 08:56 p.m.

    The Bills select Clemson RB C.J. Spiller with the No. 9 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

  • First Draft: C.J. Spiller

    Published: April 12, 2010 at 07:07 p.m.

    Is he the most elusive RB in the 2010 draft? Meet Clemson's C.J. Spiller and decide for yourself.

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