Why CJ Spiller Shouldn't be Selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the Sixth Pick

Bubba GillContributor IApril 2, 2010

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 28: Running back C. J. Spiller #28 of the Clemson Tigers rushes upfield against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2009 ACC Football Championship Game December 5, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images


Countless Seahawk fans have felt that the Seattle Seahawks need to draft an offensive play-maker in the NFL.

I do not disagree at all.

The fact that a 5'8'' running back named Justin Forsett was our highlight on offense for 2009, speaks volumes of how inept tht Seahawks offensve was last year. 

I have discussed with many of our fellow Seahawks fans about this important topic: Who would immediately bolster the Seahawks offense instantly?

My personal preference would be Brandon Marshall. He would add the offensive fire power that this offense desperately needs, almost as quick as lighting a firecracker. This is my personal preference and of course, I'm not the GM of the Seahawks.

Many have said to take a player in the draft for this purpose and I agree to a certain extent.

But, who is going to be an immediate threat every time they touch the ball?

I can give you five reasons to not draft QB Jimmy Clausen, WR Dez Bryant or RB CJ Spiller.

Yes, I said CJ Spiller.

For those that do not know by now, he is a 5'10'' 196-pound former Clemson Tiger running back. He has had an amazingly hyped and average collegiate career. He has rushed for 3,480 yards, 31 touchdowns and had a career 5.9 YPC average.

For all his hype, that's all he could get in college. 3,480 yards in four seasons. If I was drafting a player, I would look for a "man amongst boys" type stats. His stats are very average, in my opinion, especially in college.

In his four years of playing, he has only had one year of breaking the milestone of 1,000 yards. Only one year!

When I read his stats, I was simply disturbed with the fact that Seattle was allegedly going to draft him at No. 6 in this year's draft.

So what our fans are saying is that they would be happy with spending at least $22 to 30 million dollars guaranteed on a player that has had one season of 1,000 yards rushing. Keep in mind that those numbers were against college talent, not NFL talent.

The Seattle Seahawks cannot, I repeat cannot, afford that kind of money on a fast, can't run between the tackles, can only out-run his opponents, type player.

Yes, he has blazing speed, yes, he can catch the ball, but for that kind of money couldn't you get a solid offensive lineman, defensive tackle, cornerback, or safety?

Yes, I know that new Seahawk head coach Pete Carroll covets the ultra-fast running back that can get to the outside.

But, the truth of the matter is that this is the NFL, where every cornerback can run a 4.6-4.8 forty and where linebackers are faster, stronger and can read a play faster then those in college.

Yes Spiller split carries with current Browns running back James Davis for his first three years. Doesn't that exemplify the excact point I'm trying to get across. He is nothing more then an over-hyped, speed freak, that doesn't do well with contact, change of pace back.

Is CJ Spiller really the answer or is trading down the answer?

I for one do not see him being the answer, not now.

CJ Spiller will be nothing more then a Reggie Bush-type player. He will eventually cost us a lot of money for 12-17 carries a game.

Is he really worth it, Seattle?

I truly believe that CJ Spiller is nothing more than a luxury draft pick.

Does Seattle have that luxury right now?