Thursday, April 10, 2014
Bills draft preview: Running back
By Mike Rodak
As we step away on vacation, we'll provide a position-by-position preview of next month's draft from a Buffalo Bills perspective:
Position: Running back
Current personnel: Fred Jackson (signed through 2014), C.J. Spiller (2014), Anthony Dixon (2016), Ronnie Wingo (2015), Anthony Allen (2015)
Draft need: Moderate
State of the position: The Bills may not have an immediate need at running back, but there is change on the horizon. Both Jackson and Spiller are set to become free agents after this season, adding a significant layer of uncertainty to the position. Jackson, 33, is more durable than his age would suggest and could be in line for another deal. Still, it's rare that running backs play past age 35, so the Bills must begin planning for the post-Jackson era now.
Spiller's case is more complicated. The possibility of trading Spiller has been on the radar since the end of last season. The odds are stacked against the Bills making a move involving the former first-round pick before this season, but like Jackson, the Bills must plan for the possibility that Spiller may not be in Buffalo much longer. The Bills signed Dixon to a three-year deal last month but he's a larger back who figures to be mostly a role player; he doesn't project to be a lead back for the Bills, with or without Jackson or Spiller.
Sweet spot: Mid rounds.
Possible targets: Andre Williams (Boston College), Jeremy Hill (LSU), Lache Seastrunk (Baylor)