The position the Jaguars are the strongest at is often thought to be the running back position. Featuring a back that gained more yards on less carries than Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew is literally the star of the show in Jacksonville. So with the 10th or 11th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the position the Jaguars would be least likely to pick is running back. Right?
Even with glaring pass rush problems, safety play, and a possible need of a quarterback or at least one for the future, the best pick for the Jaguars, barring Eric Berry or Ndamukong Suh being available, is a Clemson running back named C.J. Spiller.
No, I am not a Clemson fan, but the advantage Spiller gives this football team would be huge. Although a quarterback, even if not Tebow, would raise some immediate energy about the team, here are 10 reasons why Spiller is better:
1. It wouldn't be thunder and lightning; it'd be a hurricane. MJD and Spiller combined could each get 1,000 yards taking loads of pressure off David Garrard. Garrard plays better when he can manage the game, like against the Colts and the Texans.
2. '07 is the team we should model. Thus, we need two backs. Spiller would become the '07 MJD, MJD the '07 Fred Taylor.
3. It works for Carolina, which used a QB worse than Garrard to lead them to a bye in the NFC last year. MJD and Spiller could be better than DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
4. MJD would be 100 percent all the time. We all know that he dipped a bit in performance at the end of last year. If he had been healthy the whole time, who knows what type of numbers he would have put up.
5. Spiller reminds me of Chris Johnson. Go on YouTube and watch some film. Spiller makes you say, "Wow." And he possesses the 4.2-3 speed that Johnson has. MJD is always covered on screens and out of the backfield, and Spiller wouldn't be, at least right away.
6. Spiller broke the collegiate record for kickoff returns for TD in a career. Enough said.
7. Fans may not like the pick at first, but when Spiller is being talked about after breaking some long run as a potential rookie of the year, people will notice and Gene Smith will become a legend.
8. In the opposite point, Tebow may sell tickets at first, but no one wants to sit and watch Tebow sit on the bench all game. The Jaguars have no real place to put him anyways, so fans will get impatient and call for Garrard's head.
9. DE and S can be addressed in later rounds and free agency. Our best D-lineman this year came in the third round, so obviously they can be addressed in later rounds. Unless Eric Berry is available, safety doesn't satisfy BAP, or the best available player, and can probably be addressed in free agency.
10. MJD will not be limited too much. Fred Taylor had one of his best years in '07, splitting carries with MJD. And for fantasy owners of Drew, he'll still be the primary end zone candidate.
I think of no other immediate impact player who could have a greater effect on the Jaguars. I almost like Spiller more than a QB, especially more than Sam Bradford or Colt McCoy, who I think will crumble if they are hit as much as Garrard is.
Watch out for Spiller in the 2010 draft.