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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:58 pm 
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CJ Spiller is a player I am very familiar with as he played for Clemson. I have read that the Dolphins have talked with CJ at the combine.

At 5'10 5/8, 196 lbs and blessed with 4.37 40 speed, Spiller is a big play waiting to happen and he can upgrade the Dolphins in the punt return game, he can also return kickoffs, is excellent out of the backfield in the passing game and runs stronger than Reggie Bush does between the tackles.

A trio of Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams and Spiller would be lethal.

This is the write up from


The expectations for Spiller have been great ever since he surprised most recruiting analysts by choosing to come to Death Valley. He averaged more than 10 yards per carry in high school, making several All-American squads after his senior season.

Although his touches on offense had been somewhat limited as the "Lightning" in "Thunder and Lightning" with James Davis (Cleveland Browns, sixth round 2009) over the first three seasons of his career, Spiller more than lived up to the hype as a playmaker. He entered his senior campaign having already set the Clemson record with 4,908 all-purpose yards. As it turns out, he was just getting started.

Fighting through nagging foot injuries, Spiller enjoyed a 2009 season for the history books. As a running back, he produced 1,212 rushing yards and 503 receiving yards, the first player in ACC history with at least 1,000 yards rushing and 500 receiving in the same year. Spiller was the only player in the NCAA to score a touchdown in every game in 2009, finishing the year with 21.

As an all-purpose performer, his 191.4 yards per game broke a 41-year record. He was the first player in college football history with 3,000 yards rushing, 2,000 yards in kickoff returns, 1,000 yards receiving and 500 in punt return yards. He is only the third consensus All-American in Clemson history (Terry Kinard in 1982, the late Gaines Adams in 2006) and was voted the ACC MVP.

Blessed with elite speed (finished second at the ACC 100 meters last year to teammate wide receiver Jacoby Ford), superior elusiveness and return skills (NCAA record seven career kick return touchdowns, including four in 2009), Spiller's production and versatility is sure to earn high first-round consideration. Teams will worry about his ability to hold up at the NFL level due to his size, but considering that he didn't miss a game in four seasons at Clemson, he's as safe as it gets.

Inside: Known as a speed back, he has strong muscle definition throughout his frame and runs a lot tougher than most give him credit for. Most dangerous when starting inside and using his quick feet and vision to bounce outside, but isn't afraid to take it north-south if that's what's needed. Keeps his pads down and legs moving through trash inside, often falling forward for extra yardage. Will be challenged to hang onto the ball when facing strong NFL linebackers.

Outside: Excels outside the tackles. Excellent vision and agility, with elite breakaway speed. Few safeties will get an angle on him once he's past the linebackers. Has the speed to turn the corner. Patient running on stretch and zone plays, able to cutback and blow through a hole. Can press the line, then evade penetrating defenders by bouncing outside with quick feet. Able to leap diving defenders and stay in balance after landing. Doesn't shy away from contact at the second level -- willing to plow through a tackle for an extra yard. Ball security can be an issue, as he gets a little loose with the ball when running outside. A potential Pro Bowl punt and kick returner because of his pure speed, willingness to attack the lane, quick cuts through traffic and superior elusiveness with the ball in his hands.

Breaking tackles: Runs with some lean; elusive and strong enough to avoid defenders in space and run through arm tackles. Quick stop-start move to freeze would-be tacklers or let them fly by if they leave their feet. Head fakes or just out-quicks most any defender in space -- usually at full speed. Isn't big enough to consistently get through the grasp of defensive tackles at the line or the wrap of linebackers, but gives good effort.

Blocking: Doesn't act like a track star playing football. Willing to stand up to ends and linebackers in pass protection, although he lacks the bulk to sustain and may struggle to stay strong against top pro linebackers. Will throw a shoulder into much bigger defenders to chip on a lineman before heading to the flat for a check-down pass. Gives effort to help teammates running downfield.

Receiving: Versatile offensive weapon who catches passes over the middle or in the flat, but will also line up in the slot and on the outside. Lightning-quick and ultra-elusive after the catch, often leaving defenders standing still as he jukes them outside or inside. Blows by safeties in coverage, especially on out-and-up routes. Inconsistent hands as a receiver. Will catch most easy passes with his hands and high-point the ball in traffic, but also has lapses of concentration and short-arms passes when expecting a big hit over the middle. Needs to be crisper coming in and out of his routes to sell them better at the next level. Solid hands on punt returns, and actually catches kickoffs at helmet-height with his hands.

Intangibles: Improved his strength and running toughness over the past couple of seasons to become a more complete running back. Looked to be a leader on offense with James Davis, quarterback Cullen Harper and wide receiver Aaron Kelly no longer on the squad in 2009. No major character issues or off-field incidents. Named to the ACC All-Academic team in 2008.

NFL Comparison: Felix Jones, Cowboys

To be perfectly clear, I do believe and hope the Dolphins will focus a good majority of there draft on defensive needs. When you rank 25th in the league in points allowed, you have holes in your defense that need to be addr