After a long hiatus from the B/R community (law school doesn't leave a lot of time for leisurely reading or writing), I'm back to write about the only topic in sports I feel is worthy enough of pages upon pages of speculation and analysis: THE NFL DRAFT! (AKA the greatest reality TV event out there.)
I would like to convince all of Giants fandom to forget about the idea of taking C.J. Spiller with the 15th pick, which is the flavor of the week in many Giants draft discussions.
Spiller is an electric player with “home run” capability and would definitely aid the Giants in the return game. However, this is like buying a luxury car when the foundation of your home is crumbling.
Here’s another way of looking at it: How much better, if it all, is Spiller going to be than either Rolando McClain or Sean Weatherspoon? If you do not believe Spiller is going to be significantly (perennial All-Pro) better, then you must go for the more pressing need; thus, Spiller cannot be the pick!
I agree that one of the Giants' pressing needs is a game-breaking threat a la DeSean Jackson. However, as you may read in my comprehensive upcoming article (shameless plug) about the Giants draft, there are other players that can be drafted later with identical skill sets to Spiller that can fulfill that need for the Giants.
For example, Jahvid Best, Dexter McCluster, Ben Tate, Jacoby Ford (Spiller’s faster teammate, if you can believe that), and Trindon Holliday are all dynamic, game-breaking players that can aid us on third down out of the backfield or in the slot and in the return game.
Although Spiller MAY be the best of this type of player, the combination of Domenik Hixon and one of these rookies could adequately fulfill this need. Don’t forget we still have Sinorice Moss, who was exactly this type of player when he was drafted in the second round. UGHHH!
Moss is proof positive that a team shouldn’t spend a first-day pick on an undersized, game-breaking speedster. After all, Darren Sproles and Leon Washington, two archetypes of this kind of player, were both taken in the fourth round.
As for Spiller aiding us as a full-time RB, he is NOT that kind of RB; he wasn’t in college, and he won’t be in the NFL. He was platooned with other backs and ran for more than 1,000 yards only once in four years. (Ben Tate or Anthony Dixon would be a better pick in a later round if we wanted to bolster the ranks of the current RB corps.)
For that role we have Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, Danny Ware, Gartrell Johnson, and Andre Brown. All have question marks, but they must be given a chance, and two must emerge that can carry the load.
My prediction is that the RB corps will be what the WR corps was last year: an unproven group that will step up, with Jacobs (playing the role of Steve Smith), Bradshaw (Mario Manningham), and Andre Brown (Hakeem Nicks).
I read a lot that Bradshaw is not an every-down back because of his size and propensity for injury. Well, Bradshaw has proven he is a "tough as nails" runner despite being injured. If Bradshaw can’t be an “every-down” back, then Spiller, who is not as tough, can’t run inside as well, and has been injured just as much as Bradshaw CERTAINLY can’t be an every-down back.
I won't be terribly upset if the Giants take Spiller in the first round because he is a consensus first round talent. I just think the Giants have bigger needs, and there will be comparable value available at No. 15 that can better address those needs. Spiller is not the answer.