Inside The Bills

Why Spiller better than Best

Posted by Chris Brown on April 29, 2010 – 11:12 am

There was naturally strong support out west for Cal RB Jahvid Best as being one of the best backs in the draft. Some apparently even thought he was on a par with Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller. People in the know however, disagree and explain why.

Former NFL scout Dan Jeremiah, who runs his draft site (, was asked on his twitter account if he thought Best was a better back than Spiller. Then another tweeter followed up when Jeremiah said Spiller was better, forcing him to explain why.

MoveTheSticks: Reply Retweet    RT @_Ut_: j. best or cj spiller, stronger after initial contact?> Spiller is stronger

MoveTheSticks: RT @injuryexpert: How so? Equal in bench, equal in broad jump. Plus Best had more carries.> I go off the game tape, Spiller has more power.

Jeremiah’s last point is an important one, and it speaks to what Bills GM Buddy Nix was referencing on draft weekend after Spiller was selected. Nix stated that Spiller has the ability to run between the tackles and that part of his game should not be underestimated just because he’s 198 pounds. With 606 carries in his time at Clemson he was extremely durable and has a body lean and power to him that gets through would be tacklers inside. Best is primarily an edge player. Talented yes, but not quite as talented as Spiller.

What’s interesting is that Spiller and Best will face each other twice during the 2010 campaign. Once in the preseason (Sept. 2) and once in the regular season (Nov. 14). 

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