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Draft Watch: CJ Spiller

Time to move back to offense with Clemson running back CJ Spiller. Spiller is regarded by many as the best RB going into this years draft. At 5’11, and 195 lbs he has good size for a RB. He was born in Lake Butler, Florida, east of Jacksonville and north of Gainesville. In high school, he was a first team All-American and was voted the #1 player in Florida.

Spiller started in his Freshman year at Clemson, rushing for 938 yards and 10 td’s. His sophomore year he only rushed for 768 yards, which was very disappointing for Clemson fans. His rushing totals continued to drop in his junior year, rushing for only 629 yards (however, he also had 436 receiving yards). Things really turned around this season. He ran for 1, 212 yards and 503 receiving yards. He also had 16 td’s. He was voted the ACC player of the year.

Why we Draft Him: Spiller is a major threat in the passing game. He has good hands, and great speed. In open field, he’s incredibly dangerous. Miami could really use him as a 3rd down back. He fits Sporano’s offensive scheme of low-risk plays that get 5-10 yards. However, Spiller can turn those 5-10 yards into 15-20 yards with his speed and playmaking ability.

Why we Don’t Draft Him: Spiller has a tendency to try to make plays by running around the ends, similar to Reggie Bush. As we saw from Reggie, this doesn’t translate well in the NFL. He also is a poor rusher between the tackles. I also don’t think Running Back is a big need for us. I’m confident Ronnie Brown will re-sign, and remain in Miami for years to come. We have much more important spots to fill.

In conclusion, I think Spiller is a great player, and would benefit any team, but we would be much better off looking at other positions.



2 Responses

  1. Agreed.

    • But what if he was used as frequently as Ricky. That translates into a wildcat that can hit you in the middle or on the outside with great effectiveness. I lovey Ricky but he and Ronnie are two of the same. The wildcat with two opposing styles is what can kill it!

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