Spiller wasn't consistently brilliant, but he showed how explosive and versatile he can be (kick/punt returns, catching passes, lining up in the slot, etc.). We'd be insane to pass on him if we had the chance....think choosing Kentwan Balmer and Chilo Richal over Desean Jackson. Teams who have a blinding desire to choose need over pure talent/playmaking ability will always make these types of mistakes....whereas smart teams will gamble on the blue-chip playmaker and figure out how to fill the other needs.
I know this much: I can't recall one game we lost this year because we didn't have a 1st round pick at RT, but I can point to several games that we lost because we didn't have enough gamebreakers/speed on offense/special teams.
Ok, I'm done.
Anyway...besides Spiller, the two other prospects that jumped out were Clemson's junior safety DeAndre McDaniel (this guy is going to be an absolute stud in the NFL) and Kentucky's DT Corey Peters (6'3", 295).
In tomorrow's Independence Bowl, keep an eye out for Georgia's other DT Kade Weston (6'5", 320). Jeff Owens is probably better known, but Weston is more productive and might end up being the better pro...he's probably more of a 2-down run-stuffing NT at the next level, but could develop into a very nice backup (and eventual replacement) for Franklin.
[ Edited by GoFD74 on Dec 27, 2009 at 11:38 PM ]