clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Maybe drafting C.J. Spiller isn't such a bad idea

New, comments

At least I have to believe grabbing a running back somewhere in next month's NFL Draft is advisable after a couple of the stories I read on the Inter-Google Friday.

First comes this story via Scouts Inc. which concludes that we have already seen the best of the bruising 265-pound Jacobs.

Jacobs wasn't himself last season. In fact, I am not sure if we will ever see the Jacobs from the aforementioned Super Bowl season. He isn't built for the long haul. Jacobs' greatest asset is his power, which he generates from his tremendous size for the position and his head-to-toe strength. He also used to accelerate very well for such a huge back, and as physics has taught us, force equals mass times acceleration.

The mass and the strength will always be there, but the acceleration has me worried. Even on his healthiest days, Jacobs needs a few steps in the backfield to really get up to speed. With a lack of elusiveness, he is too easy to corral and get to the ground if he doesn't have a head of steam.

Jacobs played with injuries last season, but I contend that he will always have a difficult time staying healthy and maximizing his ability to accelerate and have any bit of elusiveness. He runs very high, has a high center of gravity and is a massive target for his opponent to smack. Of course he initiates an awful lot of contact and never was the most agile of runners. Even for the majority of his college career at Auburn, Jacobs didn't carry the load. I am not so sure that he is equipped to be a 20-plus carries per game running back over the course of a grueling season. I fear we are witnessing the beginning of the end of his career. Backs like him just don't last.

To be honest, there is nothing in that assessment that I can argue with. Once running backs begin to slide backwards, especially large power backs like Jacobs, they rarely regain their top form. He may still have some productive time left, but I doubt the Giants can count on building their running attack around him.

There there was this report from Mike Garafolo about Andre Brown, who is attempting to come back from Achilles Tendon surgery.

I have been saying for months now that this is a devastatingly difficult surgery for a running back to recover from. The difficulty Garafolo had in finding a back who had come back from the surgery illustrates the point.

Here are a couple of other stories that should help keep you away from your 'honey-do' list for a while today.

  • The Fifth Down looked at the films from the Giants' 2009 season and came to a stunning conclusion -- the Giants defense was bad.

    The Giants were nowhere near as creative or aggressive under new (and since, fired) coordinator Bill Sheridan. As a result, teams figured out how to attack the secondary.

    My only question is this -- hey, fellas, did you really need film to figure it out?

  • Matt Mosley discusses NFC East draft needs in a recent post. Nothing earth-shattering in what he says about the Giants.

  • So, the Ben Roethlisberger mess is not enough to make you thankful Eli Manning quarterbacks the Giants? You are stubborn and you need more? Ernie Palladino says just look down the road to what is going on these days in Philadelphia with Donovan McNabb.

  • Brian Price boosters, take note. UltimateNYG has an exhaustive study of the dangers of drafting defensive tackles in the first round.

    I love Price, but this is definitely food for thought.