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Running on Empty

NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. recently came out with his 2010 mock draft.  I still remember watching him prognosticate and pontificate on live drafts in the early 80’s. I wonder how he got that gig? Regardless, he is the acknowledged top dog expert and his mock drafts come out now in January. I was interested to see who he tabbed the Seahawks taking with their first two picks.

With pick # 6 he went with a DE. I want one of the three best offensive tackles, so we will bypass this. I was intrigued by his choice for the Hawks at #14 – Clemson RB C.J. Spiller.  This name has been popping up more often and linked to Seattle.  The Seahawks haven’t drafted a RB in the first round since Shaun Alexander over a decade ago.  Granted, for most of that time, Alexander was a stud, including his 2005 MVP year that led us to the Super Bowl.  Injuries derailed him from there and for some reason, we have avoided making the investment in a top flight runner.  It sickens me to think that Ray Rice was available when the Hawks chose Lawrence Jackson with their first pick. Ugh!

Spiller could fit the bill for the Hawks anemic rushing attack. Let’s face it, RB is a young man’s position. Justin Forsett is a nice complimentary back, but not a 16-game work horse.  Spiller is.  In 2009, he rushed for over 1200 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 5.6 yards per carry. He also caught 36 balls for another 500+ yards and 4 scores.  According to his stats, in 4 years at Clemson, he never fumbled the ball.

The Hawks need a guy to solidify this position. In the past, they’ve reached out with high 1st round picks for Curt Warner and Shaun Alexander. Maybe it’s time again by adding C.J. Spiller to that list.


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6 thoughts on “Running on Empty

  1. I heard Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio yesterday make the point that the shelf life on elite running backs has gotten much too short due to the speed and strength of NFL defenses.

    I loved Alexander – still not sure why the fan base turned on him so quickly and ran him out. He wasn’t performing at a high level, but we owed him respect for what he did here.

  2. I liked Alexander, too. I think his big problem is that he appeared soft. In reality, he reminds me a lot of Franco Harris. Harris was always dubbed “soft” because he ran out of bounds instead of taking on tacklers like Jim Brown. Harris ended up playing much longer than Brown and extended his career. But, when he started to slide, he went fast, too. To this day, you never hear about Franco Harris as one of the elite backs of all time although his numbers and championships show that he was. I hope #37 ends up in the Ring of Honor.

  3. Players remaining on Mel’s board at #6 who I believe the Hawks could use more than DE Derrick Morgan (Mel’s Pick):

    1. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
    2. Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
    3. Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
    4. Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
    5. Joe Haden, CB, Florida

    This assumes that Oksung is gone at #5.

    With the Rams a foregone conclusion to select Suh, and the Redskins the only other team picking ahead of Hawks, Seattle is in a position to select one of the top two QB’s in the draft (Bradford & Clausen).

    I like the Spiller pick, but question whether or not he will still be available at 14 (look out for Miami).

    1. I like both Oksung and Davis very much from what I’ve seen. With three OT’s projected to go top 10, we need to get one of them. You may be right about Spiller moving up the board.

  4. What, no comment on my Jimmy Clausen idea?

    I like Hasselbeck for a year or two more tops. We’re talking about a player who turns 35 this year and has missed 11 starts over the past two seasons due to injury. With Kurt Warner’s impending retirement, and the current state of the 49ers and the Rams, it’s time for the Hawks to start setting themselves up to take over the reigns in the NFC West.

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