It appears the Bills are set to lose Spiller
General Manager Doug Whaley said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine that “there’s going to be some work that has to be done” if Spiller and the Bills are to come to terms on a new contract.
If you are worried at all about losing Spiller it sure doesn’t sound like Whaley is: “It’s deep. It’s one of those classes that we’re excited about,” Whaley said. “In the draft altogether, there’s some value in rounds 2 to 5 that you’re going to get some guys who will make an impact in this league.”
The top running backs in the draft start with Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Georgia’s Todd Gurley. The next tier, and should be available for the Bills second round pick, are Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Miami’s Duke Johnson, Indiana’s Tevin Coleman and Boise State’s Jay Ajayi.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock zeroed in on those four players as possibilities for the Bills.
“The knock on Abdullah, and it’s significant, are fumbles,” Mayock said. “I think he had 24 career fumbles and he lost 17 of them, which is the worst I’ve seen in a while, and that is compiled with small hands. That’s what bothers the scouts is not only the fumbles, but the fact that he’s got small hands, which probably accounts for the fumbles. If you take that out of the equation, he is the quintessential space player. Catch the football, real quick, make him miss.
“Duke Johnson from Miami is in that same mold. I really like Duke Johnson. As you go down through the draft, you can pick up some guys in the later rounds.”