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New head coach Chan Gailey said he was looking for a running back to add a new dimension to Buffalo's offense. Few thought he'd take one in the first round, though.
The Bills made a somewhat surprising pick Thursday night, using the ninth overall selection on Clemson's C.J. Spiller. With RBs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch already on the roster, running back didn't appear to be a position of great need, but Gailey and GM Buddy Nix obviously saw things differently.
Whether they needed Spiller or not, the Bills got themselves an electrifying, dynamic player who will instantly upgrade their offense. The unanimous No. 1 running back in this draft, he likely will split time in the backfield with Jackson, giving Gailey a tremendous one-two punch. Spiller runs a 4.3 40-time, can juke tacklers in the open field and is an accomplished pass catcher. On an offense that is going to have loads of trouble in the passing game, Spiller should be a busy man moving the ball on the ground.
This pick likely means the end of the road for Lynch in Buffalo. Already rumored to be on the trading block, he'll almost surely be dealt or let go soon.
The Bills clearly had larger needs at quarterback and offensive tackle, but they opted to pass on those to grab someone who will greatly bolster their running game. As long as they can find an impact tackle later on, this could turn out to be a wise move. If they don't, their offense could continue to sputter.
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