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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Continuing the Spiller discussion

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

One line of thinking regarding Clemson's C.J. Spiller says the running back could be more likely to land in San Francisco than Seattle because the Seahawks need to address more basic needs and their staff doesn't value the position that highly in the draft, anyway.

CJ Spiller
Running back C.J. Spiller's versatility is one trait that makes him appealing to teams.
While Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench and I recently considered other possibilities for the 49ers, figuring the top four offensive tackles would be gone when San Francisco selected 13th overall, NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang has the 49ers taking tackle Trent Williams in that spot and Spiller either 16th or 17th.

"I think the 49ers feel they are close to winning the division and perhaps doing more than that," Rang said during a phone conversation Monday night. "Spiller gives them that Reggie Bush kind of ability out of the backfield as a receiver, as a runner. He is not Devin Hester, but he is the best returner I have seen in a while, including Percy Harvin."

Rang said he thought Spiller could be "spectacular" in the NFL, and if that is the case, I think someone should draft him higher than the middle of the round.

The Seahawks certainly could use help at running back. They hold the sixth and 14th choices. Spiller would be there in both spots based on Rang's projection. Rang has Seattle selecting defensive ends Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech) and Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida).

If the Seahawks go that route early, they would presumably pick up a veteran offensive lineman or two -- players fitting their zone-blocking scheme as much as traditional physical requirements for their positions. Seattle could still draft an offensive lineman to contribute right away if another Max Unger-type prospect were available.