C.J. Spiller, RB - Clemson
Weight: 195 pounds
40 time: 4.37
As explosive and dynamic as any running back or offensive weapon that has entered the draft in the past few years, C.J. Spiller was amazingly productive at Clemson after having been one of the top players in the country coming out of high school.
Spiller literally re-wrote the record books in his time at Clemson: he is the ACC's career leader in all-purpose yards with 7588, which is also second in NCAA D-I history; Spiller has set 31 Clemson records in several categories; he is third in school history in career rushing yards with 3,547; he tied an NCAA record for most kick return touchdowns in a career with eight; he joined Reggie Bush as only the second player in NCAA history to finish his career with 3,000 yards rush, 1,500 yards in kickoff returns, 1,000 yards receiving, and 500 yards in punt returns; he’s also one of two players in Tigers’ history to score a touchdown five different ways (rushing, receiving, throwing, kickoff return, punt return); he finished his career with 32 rushing touchdowns and 11 receiving touchdowns.
C.J. did all of this while splitting time at running back for three years with James Davis. As talented a returner as we’ve seen enter the draft in the last 5-10 years, Spiller has fantastic vision and he sees the field as well as any player in the country. He also has some of the quickest feet of any player that I’ve ever scouted, regardless of position. Spiller’s elusiveness and quickness in the open field are among the best that I’ve ever seen and he’s simply an electric player in every facet of his game. C.J. also has great intangibles both on and off the field and was a team leader for Clemson this past season. Spiller was also an extremely successful sprinter in track, having finished second in the ACC 100 meters last year to teammate wide receiver Jacoby Ford; his career-best time is 10.22 (to put in comparison, Tennessee Titans’ running back Chris Johnson ran a 10.38-second 100 meter dash when he was in college); it goes without saying that C.J. was easily one of the fastest players in college football the past four years; he was a three-time All-American in track for Clemson.
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