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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.

Dan

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