Is Clemson Running Back CJ Spiller the Next Chris Johnson?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IJanuary 7, 2010

Last week, the comparison to who could become the next Chris Johnson of the Titans was Ole Miss' running back Dexter McCluster, but now it is time to take a look at a running back who may be a better comparison in Clemson back CJ Spiller.

If you didn't get a chance to read to McCluster comparison, then click here .

Since coming to Clemson Spiller has to spilt carries with former running back James Davis (who is now with the Cleveland Browns) for his first three years, but the best decision that Spiller could have made was resisting the urge to go into the NFL after his junior year and go back to Clemson for his senior year.

He easily increased his stock to a projected mid-first-round pick because their are many NFL teams that see what Johnson has done for the Titans in his first to seasons and are now taking notice on any running back with similar attributes.

Spiller fits the mold of a Johnson clone with his size (he is 5'11" 195-pounds compared to Johnson who is 5'11" 200-pounds) which is nearly an exact match, his speed, his soft hands, and elusiveness.

The moment of truth in this comparison between the two backs will be when Spiller performs at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February.

When Johnson was there he tied the fastest mark for the 40-yard dash when he ran a 4.24.

It has been reported by one of Spiller's coaches that he once ran the 40 in 4.12 seconds, but there are other reports that say Spiller runs it closer to the high 4.3's.

Regardless, of what Spiller really runs if he can indeed come closer to Johnson's record of 4.24, then look for Spiller to shoot up into the top 10 picks of the draft come April.

Teams that could have interest in Spiller in the top 10 are: Lions, Bucs, Redskins, Seahawks, and the Browns, but really any of the top 10 teams could take Spiller because it is too hard to pass up on his talent.

Is Spiller the next Johnson?

You decide, but there is a strong indication that he could just be the next superstar running back in the NFL.

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