Scouting Report: Spiller has really burst on the scene this year, after sharing the spotlight with James Davis last season. Spiller is the home run threat in this draft, capable to taking it to the house on any given play, whether it's rushing, receiving or returning kicks. Spiller is super quick, makes great cuts, has tremendous acceleration, and pulls away from defenders in the open field. He is able to get to top speed in just a few steps, and can decelerate and accelerate very quickly. He's got soft hands in the passing game, and is an explosive kicker returner. All that being said, Spiller lacks the bulk needed to be an every down back, doesn't break tackles well, and struggles running tackle to tackle. Because of this, he has a tendency to want to pop everything to the outside, and that costs him yards.
Draft Status: Spiller is going to run very well in shorts and already has the media wrapped around his finger, so his first round status should be locked down. And if you don't have any glaring needs, and want to add a player to complement a feature back and bolster a return game then by all means draft him. But if you are going to draft him thinking you are going to get Chris Johnson expect to be disappointed.
Final Analysis: I fully expect to get the email about how Spiller is built just like Chris Johnson and the comparisons will go on from there. The difference is, Johnson runs hard inside, and does not shy away from contact. He didn't in college and he still doesn't. Spiller doesn't want to get hit. You don't have to watch much Clemson football to get that. If he can develop a tougher mentality and his body can take the punishment, he could be a much more complete player. But for now, I see Spiller as a role player for a team. Bigtime kick returner, part time running back and wide out. Spiller is a smart player with good instincts and vision, but struggles in pass protection, and makes him more of a situational player for now.
Reminds me of: Leon Washington, RB New York Jets-Spiller is going to have to find his niche' sort of like what Washington has done. They both have similar builds and running styles and need to be part of a platoon to be successful. I think Spiller has a chance to be much more explosive and productive than Washington, but never a feature back.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy