Sunday, 18 October 2009
Chad Reuter has published his first mock draft on CBS Sportsline and I hate it. I mentioned yesterday that I have no idea how or why Colt McCoy is getting first round recognition and in Chad's mock, he has the Seahawks taking the Texas QB. I'm not keen on the second pick either - running back Jonathan Dwyer doesn't do anything for me. But Colt McCoy? I wouldn't take him in round five.
One guy I think the Seahawks could show a lot of interest in is CJ Spiller.
Eric Sprott from upstatetoday.com breaks down the Clemson runner's achievements: "With his 66-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Clemson senior C.J. Spiller eclipsed the 6,000-yard mark in all purpose yards for his career, becoming the first player in ACC history to accomplish the feat. He is now up to 6,053 yards in his career. Also with that score, Spiller has now recorded a 60-yard play in each of the Tigers' first six games and upped his own school record of touchdown plays of 50 yards or more to 17. With his 106 rushing yards on Saturday, Spiller went over the 100-yard mark for the 10th time his career."
I might be wrong, but I have a feeling the Seahawks have been in the market for a running back in the last two drafts. In 2008, I imagine Tim Ruskell would've loved to have a shot at Jonathan Stewart. This year, Seattle were just too high to justify taking Knowshon Moreno but Ruskell was actively keeping a watchful eye on the Georgia running back at his pro-day.
Spiller ticks a number of boxes. He passes the 'Ruskell test' as a productive senior from a good school with no character issues. Greg Knapp wants a running back who won't sell the team's play calling - Spiller is more than capable splitting out as a receiver (he has great hands and runs solid routes) and he's very good in pass protection. Perhaps more than anything though, he's a threat to score any time he touches the ball. It might be difficult to place where Spiller would go in the draft, because he could be most effective in a two-back system. But he's the top ranked running back for 2010 and it wouldn't surprise me if the Seahawks' scouts have been keeping tabs on his progress.
Another option could be Jahvid Best, who had a return to form yesterday against UCLA. He recorded 152 total yards, including a 93-yard touchdown run and a 51-yard touchdown reception. I have reservations about Best's ability to carry anything like a heavy load in the NFL and he could be a bit of a luxury home-run hitter. A lot of his big runs seem to be when he bounces outside, I need to see more evidence of him making plays with runs through tackles and up the middle.
Rob Rang was impressed with Tony Pike's performance on Thursday against USF: "Before the injury, Pike completed three legitimate NFL passes that were certain to impress NFL scouts." Pike's stock is a hard one to judge. I understand the issues regarding his skinny frame and lack of velocity on some of his throws, but there's also plenty of positives. He could be a 3rd rounder, or he could sneak into the first. It's worth monitoring if the injury clears up, especially with Cincinnati on a 6-0 streak.
Matt McGuire is talking up USC offensive lineman Charles Brown: "His feet are the best in the nation outside of Oklahoma State's Russell Okung's. He has very nice agility, athleticism and awareness in pass protection." If we're looking for a left tackle to shoot up the boards, maybe Brown is the guy?
McGuire also has a new mock draft available. The Seahawks take Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren 15th overall and Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant with the 23rd pick.
Finally, meet Ndamukong Suh:
Posted by Rob Staton