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Weak draft for RBs

Not sure if this is a case for or against Spiller, but this draft seems pretty weak at running back compared to other recent ones. It’s fairly deep for OTs (which is good news for us) and defense, but sketchy at the offensive skill positions.
2009 draft had Beanie Wells, Knowshon Moreno, Shonn Greene, James Davis, Javon Ringer, Lesean McCoy, Donald Brown, Rashad Jennings, Andre Brown, even Arian Foster had a good year. 2008 was a monster year: Chris Johnson, Darren Mcfadden, Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Stewart, Felix Jones, Jamaal Charles, Ray Rice, Kevin Smith, Steve Slaton, Matt Forte, Tashard Choice, Mike Hart.
This year it’s Spiller and Best, who aren’t really 3-down backs, Jonathan Dwyer, Toby Gerhart, Ryan Mathews, then it gets sketchy (McKnight, Hardesty, etc.). To me, this suggests two things: 1) Spiller will go earlier than he might have; 2) we should grab him at 13 if he makes it that far, then take an OT at 16/17.
Thoughts?
  • TX9R
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It is pretty weak, but there's always a guy who comes out of nowhere and lights it up: Slaton and Forte last year, Gore was one of those guys. This year seems to have more specialist type backs than complete backs on the surface.
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Originally posted by rivercity:
Not sure if this is a case for or against Spiller, but this draft seems pretty weak at running back compared to other recent ones. It’s fairly deep for OTs (which is good news for us) and defense, but sketchy at the offensive skill positions.
2009 draft had Beanie Wells, Knowshon Moreno, Shonn Greene, James Davis, Javon Ringer, Lesean McCoy, Donald Brown, Rashad Jennings, Andre Brown, even Arian Foster had a good year. 2008 was a monster year: Chris Johnson, Darren Mcfadden, Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Stewart, Felix Jones, Jamaal Charles, Ray Rice, Kevin Smith, Steve Slaton, Matt Forte, Tashard Choice, Mike Hart.
This year it’s Spiller and Best, who aren’t really 3-down backs, Jonathan Dwyer, Toby Gerhart, Ryan Mathews, then it gets sketchy (McKnight, Hardesty, etc.). To me, this suggests two things: 1) Spiller will go earlier than he might have; 2) we should grab him at 13 if he makes it that far, then take an OT at 16/17.
Thoughts?

Greene, Davis, Ringer, Jennings and Brown all were drafted on the 2nd day. Foster was an UDFA.

Charles, Rice, Smith, Slaton, Choice, Hart were also all 2nd day picks.

Of those you mentioned some had good college careers but have done little to nothing in the pro's thus far however let's look at other past 2nd day draftees at RB:

Darren Sproles
Leon Washington
Marion Barber
Rudi Johnson
Brandon Jacobs
Derrick Ward
Brian Westbrook
Correll Buckhalter
Chester Taylor

We can find another good back on day 2. And one with return skills as well. RB's are a dime a dozen and Spiller may look good on film (and especially on youtube highlights where you only see the good) however he doesn't look like a once a decade type prospect. We'd be better off drafting for a lineman on either side of the ball, a pass rusher, a defensive back or a wide receiver who can stretch the field and push Morgan for the #2 job on day 1 and looking to add a back on the 2nd day.
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Remember that Day 2 consists of the 2nd round so you can find a good running back on Day 2.
Here is a mock draft that has the 49ers taking Spiller at #17. Check out his highlights. Would be great for special teams return man.

www.qisports.com/nfldraft.html

[ Edited by KingYuma on Jan 22, 2010 at 07:33:44 ]
The zone seems to be divided into those who think we should draft a kick returner with a 1st round pick and those who don't.
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Originally posted by mayo63:
Remember that Day 2 consists of the 2nd round so you can find a good running back on Day 2.

I was referring to rounds 3-7. Did not think about the 3 day draft now.
Originally posted by English:
The zone seems to be divided into those who think we should draft a kick returner with a 1st round pick and those who don't.

we shouldnt
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Originally posted by English:
The zone seems to be divided into those who think we should draft a kick returner with a 1st round pick and those who don't.

Outside of Harvin and Ginn the best KR's/PR's in the game this year and even recently were not 1st round picks.

Cribbs = UDFA
Hester = 2nd rounder
Washington = 4th rounder
Jackson = 2nd rounder
Stephens-Howling = 7th rounder
Sproles = 4th rounder
Knox = 5th rounder
Charles = 3rd rounder

Do we need to improve our return game ? Yes but we do not NEED to spend a 1st round pick in order to do so.
They should deffinately not spend a first round pick on a returner....unless he can contribute on offense or defense. A guy like Spiller would be a great addition to Gore and Coffee at RB. Coffee has a style similar to Gores which hopefully means that when Gore starts to decline Coffee can take over as the regular back. Spiller would make a great addition as a speed back to that group since the niners right now dont have that covered. It would hopefully be a better version of what Dallas has right now with Jones as the speed back and Barber and Choice.
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Originally posted by KRS-1:
Originally posted by rivercity:
Not sure if this is a case for or against Spiller, but this draft seems pretty weak at running back compared to other recent ones. It’s fairly deep for OTs (which is good news for us) and defense, but sketchy at the offensive skill positions.
2009 draft had Beanie Wells, Knowshon Moreno, Shonn Greene, James Davis, Javon Ringer, Lesean McCoy, Donald Brown, Rashad Jennings, Andre Brown, even Arian Foster had a good year. 2008 was a monster year: Chris Johnson, Darren Mcfadden, Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Stewart, Felix Jones, Jamaal Charles, Ray Rice, Kevin Smith, Steve Slaton, Matt Forte, Tashard Choice, Mike Hart.
This year it’s Spiller and Best, who aren’t really 3-down backs, Jonathan Dwyer, Toby Gerhart, Ryan Mathews, then it gets sketchy (McKnight, Hardesty, etc.). To me, this suggests two things: 1) Spiller will go earlier than he might have; 2) we should grab him at 13 if he makes it that far, then take an OT at 16/17.
Thoughts?

Greene, Davis, Ringer, Jennings and Brown all were drafted on the 2nd day. Foster was an UDFA.

Charles, Rice, Smith, Slaton, Choice, Hart were also all 2nd day picks.

Of those you mentioned some had good college careers but have done little to nothing in the pro's thus far however let's look at other past 2nd day draftees at RB:

Darren Sproles
Leon Washington
Marion Barber
Rudi Johnson
Brandon Jacobs
Derrick Ward
Brian Westbrook
Correll Buckhalter
Chester Taylor

We can find another good back on day 2. And one with return skills as well. RB's are a dime a dozen and Spiller may look good on film (and especially on youtube highlights where you only see the good) however he doesn't look like a once a decade type prospect. We'd be better off drafting for a lineman on either side of the ball, a pass rusher, a defensive back or a wide receiver who can stretch the field and push Morgan for the #2 job on day 1 and looking to add a back on the 2nd day.

What about Brandon James? He was a pretty good returner at Florida and should go in the latter rounds. Or Trendon Holliday, even though he's only 5'5

[ Edited by LeadFarmer on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:12:56 ]
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I want McCluster or OTC's boy Joique Bell.
Originally posted by KingYuma:
Here is a mock draft that has the 49ers taking Spiller at #17. Check out his highlights. Would be great for special teams return man.

www.qisports.com/nfldraft.html

Wow, Davis and Spiller, what a 1st round that would be. Spiller highlight reels are like draft porn. Nice find.