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2010 NFL Draft Scouting Report: C.J. Spiller



  • C.J. Spiller, 5-11/195

  • Running Back

  • Clemson


  • C.J. Spiller Scouting Report
    By Matt McGuire

    Strengths:
  • Solid bulk
  • Extremely fast with gamebreaking ability
  • Instinctive back
  • Patient and sets up blockers
  • Great vision to identify cutback lanes at line of scrimmage and in open field
  • Very elusive and evades tacklers
  • Great spin move
  • Runs routes well out of backfield
  • Lots of experience catching the ball
  • Soft hands
  • Nice second gear to go distance
  • Breaks a good amount of tackles for his weight
  • Can contribute as a returner
  • Projects as an excellent No. 2, change-of-pace running back
  • Good YPC average despite weak offensive line



    Weaknesses:
  • Won't get that much bigger without losing speed
  • Not very assertive between the tackles
  • Generally shys from contact
  • Not very powerful
  • Not going to get much done on the goal line
  • Weak inside runner
  • Mediocre in pass protection
  • Not an explosive or exceptional punt returner
  • Cuts outside far too often

    Summary: Spiller profiles as a very explosive back, but isn't a No. 1 in the NFL, which isn't an entirely bad thing. He needs to work on his pass protection the most so he can really help out virtually every team on third down. With James Davis gone, he has a chance to show teams he can handle a greater workload in 2009.

    Player Comparison: Reggie Bush. Both backs love to kick it outside and have the elite athleticism to make everyone miss in the open field as great home-run threats.



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