To RB or not to RB?, That is the Question

Apr 17, 2010 at 8:21 PM


With the 2010 draft just a mere 5 days away, there is a lot of talk about the 49ers drafting a running back, especially in the 1st-round.

Now, I am all for drafting one guy in particular, and that man is Clemson's do all athlete C.J. Spiller. The dynamic Spiller, had a career best 1212 yards rushing in 2009, and a career high 503 yards receiving.

Now there is talks about other running backs. Namely the likes of Cal's Jahvid Best, Fresno State's Ryan Mathews and Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer. I don't think or believe RB is a huge need at this point.

My reasoning behind this, is we have Glen Coffee, who is a hard nosed runner, and then Michael Robinson. Now robinson is not beloved by most, but he is also a do it all player. He plays special teams, and will do anything to get yardage.

But, if we can get Spiller at 13, then he would be well worth the value, he has top 10 talent, and would be the change of pace back, and return man we so lack.

Now, you might be saying, well what about if he falls to 17, why pick him at 13. Well, in my opinion, he won't last to 17, some team like Seattle will scoop him up at 14, and if by some chance he falls past him, then well, you might see Minnesota or another team come calling to scoop Spiller up.

So in closing, it is in my opinion, that unless we plan on drafting Spiller, just say no to the other RB's in this draft.
The preceding article is an exclusive guest piece by Jason Hurley. Jason is a writer for DraftWatchers.com, a site that focuses on draft analysis. Jason goes by AB83Rules on the 49erswebzone.com forums.
The views within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


5 Comments

  • randy berry
    Take Spiller at 13 then get OL. If we don't we will face him when we play Seattle. No one has proved he is not an every down back. Even so we don't need one - rare talent, game changer with one play. Can a RT do that?
    Apr 21, 2010 at 10:36 AM
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  • Dan B.
    So if you use the logic that even though we dont need that position we should draft a guy cause hes really good than you might as well call use the raiders. I personally grade a 49ers fans football I.Q. by asking him IF he would take spiller at 13....if the answer is yes! Then I know that person is not a pragmatic fan. We have so many glaring needs that if we draft non need I would be personally dissapointed at the direction of our team.
    Apr 18, 2010 at 11:01 PM
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  • charles
    we d"efinitley need to add a quality. "YOUNG" breakaway rb--gore either breaks one for a long one ,, or he gets crushed all the time.
    Apr 18, 2010 at 3:57 PM
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  • ray herrera
    I agree spiller is too talented to pass at #13 but he won't be there at #17.So if the niners can't snag spiller stick with game plan take the most talented player on the board.Besides spiller the niners don't need a running back.They can draft a speedy kick returner in the mid rounds.A good rule of thumb talent first needs second.portland trailblazer are an example of major screw up twice they had a chance to grab michael jordan but chose sam bowie boy i bet that hurt.then years later they choose oden over durant.Need i say more.talent over needs especially in the first two rounds.After third round the wave of talent usually levels off.
    Apr 18, 2010 at 1:27 PM
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  • Kings
    Forget about spiller(this years Bush) and get Ryan, and everydown back who can do it all! Spiller is not an everydown back that were going to need in a few years, Mathews is! Mathews is going to be the next Perterson....we take spiller over Mathews and were doomed!!
    Apr 18, 2010 at 11:55 AM
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