The Buffalo Bills shook up what had been a reasonably straight-forward NFL draft by going off the board to select running back C.J. Spiller with the ninth pick.
Few were expecting the move considering the Bills desperately were in need of assistance at quarterback, along with on its offensive and defensive lines.
But just as the St. Louis Rams went for a crowd-pleaser with the No. 1 overall pick, the Bills opted to do the same.
“He’s a playmaker, a guy that creates field position and scores points and he’s exciting,” new Bills general manager Buddy Nix said.
“We need some excitement, somebody that can make a big play and create some things on their own.”
Spiller certainly can do that.
The four-year Clemson product lacks size but is one of the quickest players in the draft.
Spiller rushed for 1,212 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2009, while catching 36 passes, for four scores.
The team has obviously soured on Marshawn Lynch, but Fred Jackson is coming off an excellent season.
Spiller also adds another dynamic special teams returner to a team that already excels in that area with Roscoe Parrish on board.
Regarded as a character guy, Spiller returned to the Tigers in order to graduate.
He said the Bills made a good choice.
“I’m very excited that they made the decision.
“It’s one that they will never regret ... Whatever my role is, my main focus is just winning, getting to a Super Bowl and bringing back the glory days that used to be in Buffalo”
— Ryan Wolstat