The draft selection with the biggest expectations is often a franchise’s first overall pick each year. In Buffalo’s case, the man under the microscope will be running back C.J. Spiller. Spiller was the ninth overall selection in April’s draft, following a standout career at Clemson University. He finished his Tiger tenure as the leader in all-purpose yards in Atlantic Coast Conference history with 7,588, tied the all-time NCAA Division I record with eight career kickoff returns for touchdowns, set 31 school records in rushing, receiving by a running back, and returning, and scored an impressive 21 touchdowns on plays of 50 yards or more.
Entering his first professional season, Spiller certainly appears to have what it takes to be a major performer early, and said that for all the pressure people tend to apply to top selections, he is not feeling any of it.
During the spring practices Spiller was second in the running back rotation behind incumbent starter Fred Jackson. With his multi-faceted talents both in the return game and out of the backfield, Gailey said that Spiller could be an asset at various spots on the field.
It looks like Spiller could be used in the return game, split wide and out of the backfield. Fred Jackson still seems like the RB1, but Spiller may see enough time to be used as a flex player, even early on, but probably especially as the season progresses. He's got an ADP of the seventh round and by that time you're looking at a third or fourth RB and Spiller could fill that spot nicely.