Thursday, April 22, 2010
Bills soak up C.J. Spiller with ninth pick
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have so many needs, they could have gone any number of directions with the ninth selection in Thursday night's draft. They went with Clemson running back C.J. Spiller.
Why the Bills took him: Spiller is the best back in the draft, but he seems like more of a luxury for a club that has two players who have rushed for more than 1,000 yards. The Bills passed on Iowa tackle Bryan Bulaga, Tennessee nose tackle Dan Williams and Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
How it affects the roster:At first glance, it looks like the Bills have had enough of one-time Pro Bowler Marshawn Lynch's act. He was suspended for three games last year because of repeated bad behavior and lost his job as the featured back to Fred Jackson.
Scouts Inc. says: Fights for yards after contact, tougher to tackle than his size suggests. Plays with emotion and isn't afraid to get in defenders' faces. Fights for the ball when it's in the air and isn't afraid to expose frame to big hit when competing for jump balls. ... A potential difference maker as a pass catcher. Has experience lining up in slot and splitting out wide. Above average route runner for his position. Can adjust to the poorly thrown ball and displays consistent ability to track the ball over his shoulder. Excellent acceleration and is a huge threat in the open field after the catch. Willing pass blocker.