Shocker – Bills go with RB C.J. Spiller with the 9th pick

Buffalo with the 9th overall pick pulled the first real shocker of the draft, taking a running back in the best back in the draft – C.J. Spiller:

Here’s the scouting report on Spiller from FFToolbox:

C.J. Spiller had to deal with splitting carries with James Davis for most of his career. Even without the entire workload, Spiller has put up some great numbers. As a freshman, Spiller tallied 938 yards on the ground and 12 total trips to the end zone. In 2007 Spiller rushed for 768 yards, but it was during that season he emerged as a great pass catcher out of the backfield. The 5-11 back caught 34 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns. In 2008 Spiller totaled 629 rushing yards, 436 receiving yards and ten total offensive touchdowns.

The big question after Spiller opted to return to Clemson for his senior season was how well he could manage the workload on his own. After all, Spiller is a 5-11, 195 pound speed back. Through five games the results have been relatively mixed. Spiller is handling the carries and easily leads the team with 360 rushing yards, but his yards-per-carry numbers are down and he only has one rushing touchdown through five games.

However, the lack of production can be blamed on a lackluster offense. Spiller’s speed and quickness should make him one of the top running backs in this class. In this day and age of multiple running back teams in the NFL, Spiller is the perfect compliment to a power back.


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