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With the NFL Draft behind us, it’s time to evaluate the rookie class and spot some players who will have an immediate fantasy impact on their respective teams.


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The Giants are very high on Clemson running back C.J. Spiller, who most scouts consider the best and most explosive back in the draft. He may not fall to the Giants at the 15th overall pick, but there’s still a good chance Spiller will still be available. As you know, anything can happen on Draft day.

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With the NFL Draft fast approaching, I decided to put together a piece on one of, if not the hardest , positions to draft. No, not quarterback, but running back. It doesn’t necessarily matter where you pick them, but production is certainly not correlated with draft pick. Let’s look at some examples before we dive into the current New York running backs.

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Written By: Adam Poedubicky

Well, the combine is finally over. For those of you who spent the past weekend refreshing to only find videos instead of numbers, here is a clearer idea of who, in my opinion, performed the best and the worst by each position, starting with the offense. This has a direct influence on the NFL Draft.

Best QB Performance:

Sam Bradford, Oklahoma. Although Bradford didn’t throw at the event, he showed up at a chiseled 236, up from his playing weight of 210. He will throw before the draft, so he didn’t hurt himself at all before all of the scouts by bringing an unimpressive performance before he’s fully ready. Could he be the #1 pick in the NFL Draft?

Honorable Mention: Tim Tebow (Florida), Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan)

Worst QB Performance: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame. Like Bradford, Clausen did not throw at the combine. However, he showed up and measured out very averagely (6’2, 222) and couldn’t duck questions about maturity and leadership issues. He’s going to need to have a huge pro day to make people forget this weekend. There are many questions concerning Clausen heading into the NFL Draft.

Best RB Performance:

Jahvid Best, California. Best erased all questions by running a running back best (no pun intended) 4.35 40, besting C.J. Spiller of Clemson who was supposed to challenge Chris Johnson’s 4.24. The combine will not test how Best has recovered from his concussions, so one team will have to put some faith in his numbers.

Honorable Mention: Toby Gerhart (Stanford), C.J. Spiller (Clemson), Ryan Matthews (Fresno State), Ben Tate (Auburn),

Worst RB Performance: Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech. Dwyer, who played in the triple option offense under Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech, played in the dive back position and in the wing. He ran an unimpressive 4.68 40, which was almost .2 seconds slower than expected. Either he was amped up too high, or he is out of shape, but considering the overabundance of quality running backs who performed at the combine, Dwyer is going to have to do some convincing at his pro day to move up.

Best WR Performance:

Jacoby Ford, Clemson. Jacoby Ford, get ready to become a superstar, at least until the draft. Ford blazed a 4.28 40, the fastest for any offensive player. He did show up smaller than expected (5’8, 186) so he’s going to have to prove that his speed translates to the field better than his 2009 numbers do (56 catches, 779 yards, 6 TDs).

Honorable Mention: Golden Tate (Notre Dame), Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State), Arrelious Benn (Illinois)

Worst WR Performance: Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech. Demaryius Thomas is relatively unknown as a wide receiver in a triple option offense, so his performance at the combine would greatly assist his draft position. So showing up to the combine but not running or lifting because of a broken foot isn’t a good way of getting acquainted with NFL teams.

Best TE Performance:

Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh. Dickerson has been criticized for not having a true position, but he is mostly a tight end who can line up at H-back or wide receiver. Although undersized for a true tight end, he ran a blazing 4.4 40. This will make one team want to invest in this player who can create huge match-up problems across the board.

Honorable Mention: Jimmy Graham (Miami FL)

Worst TE Performance: Aaron Hernandez, Florida. Hernandez measured up undersized at 6’2, 245 and did not run due to a strained back. He will have to run a sub-4.6 40 at Florida’s Pro Day to stay as an early pick. I covered, Hernandez earlier.

Best OL Performance:

Bruce Campbell, Maryland. Campbell had the second most reps on the bench while running the fastest 40 on the offensive line. At 6’6, 313 pounds, Campbell has all the makings to be a great left tackle, but he will have to prove that he can do it when he’s there.

Honorable Mention: Russell Okung (Oklahoma State), Bryan Bulaga (Iowa)

Worst OL Performance: Anthony Davis, Rutgers. Honestly, I don’t care how fast any offensive lineman runs their 40, but 5.4 for a professional athlete is ridiculous. Also, considering he only has 21 reps on the bench, it’s beginning to look like Davis could have used the extra year in school. Hopefully for his sake, teams look at his performance on the field instead of at the combine, which is always more important.

**Pictured Above: ‘Man In Black’, Sam Bradford**

Written By: Brian Place

This is our site’s first NFL mock draft, completed by our associate contributor, Brian Place. This is an extensive, quality NFL mock draft. Feel free to comment on it below. View it, debate it, be cool NFL fans.


NFL Draft Round 1

1. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma – St. Louis Rams
2. Ndamukong Suh, DL, Nebraska – Detroit Lions
3. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame – San Francisco 49ers (via trade with TB)
4. Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State – Washington Redskins
5. Gerald McCoy, DL, Oklahoma – Kansas City Chiefs
6. Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee – Cleveland Browns (via trade with SEA)
7. Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech – Seattle Seahawks (via trade with CLE)
8. Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland – Oakland Raiders
9. Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa – Buffalo Bills
10. Joe Haden, CB, Florida – Jacksonville Jaguars
11. Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama – New York Giants (via trade with DEN)
12. Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State – Miami Dolphins
13. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via trade with SF)
14. C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson – Seattle Seahawks
15. Earl Thomas, S, Texas – Denver Broncos (via trade with NYG)
16. Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee – Tennessee Titans
17. Brian Price, DT, UCLA – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via trade with SF)
18. Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State – New England Patriots (via trade with PIT)
19. Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma – Atlanta Falcons
20. Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho – Houston Texans
21. Arrelius Benn, WR, Illinois – Cincinnati Bengals
22. Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State – Pittsburgh Steelers (via trade with NE)
23. Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers – Green Bay Packers
24. Taylor Mays, ROV, USC – Philadelphia Eagles
25. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame – Baltimore Ravens
26. Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan – Arizona Cardinals
27. Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama – Dallas Cowboys
28. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida – Washington Redskins (via trade with SD)
29. Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida – New York Jets
30. Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia – St. Louis Rams (via trade with MIN)
31. Everson Griffen, DE, USC – Indianapolis Colts
32. Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri – New Orleans Saints

NFL Draft Trade Notes

1. SF sends #13 and #17 to use TB’s third overall selection for their franchise QB. TB uses the two NFL Draft selections to help rebuild the league’s worst run defense. It’s even according to the selection chart. The pick chart helps NFL teams determine selection value.

2. SEA selects Eric Berry 6th then ships him to CLE for Derrick Morgan (7th pick) and a selection in the middle rounds. SEA would be justified in drafting Walter Jones’ replacement at #6 if and only if Okung is still available. If he isn’t, they should either take a tackle with pick 14 (if and only if Spiller is not available), or wait until round 2, when Pete Carroll’s USC tackle Charles Brown may still be there. This is common practice in the NFL Draft.

3. DEN selects Rolando McClain at #11 and NYG selects Earl Thomas at #15. They swap players and DEN gains two late round selections. Giants Fans would love to grab McClain in the NFL Draft.

4. NE moves up into PIT’s 18th spot to grab Ryan Mathews before the Texans can get to him. PIT receives 22nd pick in the NFL Draft, a 2011 NFL Draft late round selection.

5. With Tate and Cody leaving the board at 25 and 27, SD moves down from 28 to 36 and WAS selects Tim Tebow after missing out on Bradford and Clausen. SD also gets WAS’s 3rd round selection in the NFL Draft. (And hopefully takes Nate Allen, Darryl Washington, Jacoby Ford, and Dexter McCluster with their four 2nd-3rd round picks.)

6. With Suh, McCoy, Dan Williams, Price, Odrick, Cody, and Dunlap gone, STL moves up 3 selections from 33 to 30 to get Geno Atkins, the last high-quality 285+ pounder left, before IND can get to him. IND responds by selecting Everson Griffen, a true 4-3 DE. In total, I have 11 D-linemen going in round 1, and 6 offensive linemen. 17/32 means that, probably for the first time ever, more linemen than skill players will be drafted in the 1st round of the NFL Draft.

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Clemson Tailback, CJ Spiller has had a very impressive college career. Spiller scored 51 TDs in 4 seasons, 20 TDs during his Senior season. Spiller ran for 1200 Yards and 12 TDs, had 500 receiving yards and 4 TDs and 4 Special Teams Touchdowns. Spiller scored at least 1 Touchdown in each of his 14 games this season. Spiller’s dual-threat ability out of the backfield has garnered him comparisons to Titans All-Pro Running Back, Chris Johnson.

During his senior season at East Carolina in 2007, Johnson ran for 1423 yards and had 17 rushing TDs. Johnson had 537 receiving yards and 6 TDs. Johnson also netted 1 special teams touchdown. Chris Johnson is best known for his NFL combine workout in which he ran a 4.24 second 40-yard dash. While the NFL combine does not take place until next month, Spiller has similar breakway speed that NFL teams covet.

Spiller and Chris Johnson had similar evaluations going into the NFL draft. Dynamic play markers, incapable of being every down backs, will be drafted by teams with an incumbent running back. Chris Johnson has proved the nay-sayers wrong thus far and I expect Spiller to have an immediate impact on NFL.

Most NFL draft publications have Spiller slotted as a mid-1st round pick. Picks 14-19 are comprised by Seahawks, Giants, Titans, 49ers, Steelers and Falcons. Both the 49ers and Steerlers are intriguing landing destinations for Spiller. Often injured RB Frank Gore is 27 years old, but the Niners selected RB Glenn Coffee in last year’s draft. The Steelers are led by hard-nosed inside runner, Rashard Mendenhall. With Willie Parker’s NFL career likely over, Spiller makes sense for the Steelers, who are in dire need for a dynamic playmaker.

CJ Spiller will be a dynamic playmaker when he comes to the NFL. I will go on the record and say that Spiller will be Offensive Rookie of the Year if he lands in the right situation.