Spiller Makes Sense For Giants

Tom BarnettCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2010

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 28: Running C. J. Spiller #28 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates a touchdown run against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2009 ACC Football Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Last season the Giants had one of the worst defenses in the league, allowing over 30 points in seven of their games. The team also released their middle linebacker and their defensive leader, Antonio Pierce. Many think the logical solution would be to draft Rolando McClain with the 15th pick in the draft if he's available, but that may not be the best option available.

CJ Spiller makes a lot of sense for the Giants, if he's available. The Giants struggled with their rushing attack last season, averaging 114.8 yards per game on the ground (17th in NFL). Injuries and the loss of Derrick Ward were the reason for the huge drop of production, since the Giants running attack averaged a league leading 157.4 yards per carry in 2008. Spiller could be the man to finally compensate the loss of Ward.

Although the Giants still have Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw there, both players are question marks heading into the season. Jacobs also had the worst season of his career, averaging just 3.7 yards per carry and has had injury problems in his career. With Jacobs' hard-nosed running style, I'd be concerned whether or not he'll be playing at a high level for much longer.

Bradshaw had surgery on both of his feet and his left ankle this offseason, which has to be a huge concern for a speedy back that relies on shifty moves.

Behind those two are Andre Brown and Danny Ware, who both spent all of last season injured. Gartrell Johnson is also there, but he never really showed any indication last season that he could have a future in a three headed monster in the backfield.

Drafting Spiller would give the Giants a dynamic player that can be effective running, receiving, and returning the ball. He's the type of player that can break a game open in just one play, which is something the Giants can certainly use.

Sean Lee, the middle linebacker from Penn State, will most likely be available in the second round for the Giants. Penn State is very well known for their history of producing quality linebacker prospects and could be the solution for the Giants. He may even be a better fit than McClain, who may be better suited as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.