Originally posted by TXNinerFan52:
Where is Spiller going to play? You don't waste a 1st round pick on a kick returner. We just drafted Coffee last year in the 3rd; let's see if he can play. We were so loaded at receiver last year Brandon Jones didn't get a chance to show us what he can do.
If you go back and watch the O-Line play from games this past year you will find out our RT, LG, and RG is where we had the most trouble. Chilo is young and athletic; he can get to the second level. Chilo is only in his 2nd year let’s give him one more year. Baas on the other hand is big and slow. He is in his 5th year; his first 3 years were spent on the bench. Baas has trouble getting to the second level and sometimes get faked out by the defensive lineman. I know drafting linemen is not the sexy thing to do, but we must do in order to get to where we're trying to go.
Everyone knows Sing wants to run the ball. He even told you during the season that the line play was unacceptable. I believe Sing is going to try to fix this line this off season. Sing knows we need to be able to run and pass the ball to get to where we need to go.
Spiller is much more than a "kick returner." CJ Spiller is the top-rated RB in this draft by most people's assessment. He would split time with Gore, very similar to what Carolina did when they drafted Jonathan Stewart 13th overall in 2008 when they already had a stud RB in DeAngelo Williams. The Panthers did this because they want to run the ball, and they know they can't just do it with 1 quality back.
Drafting Spiller allows us to rotate in a fresh, high-quality RB at all times, not to mention, adding a dimension to our running game that we haven't had in a long time...warp speed. Spiller also has the ability to line up in the slot and become a threat to catch passes (unlike Coffee), so it's another weapon on the field that teams have to account for.
Coffee is insurance, in case one of the two go down.