April 21, 2010
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Clemson, SC – Former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller is expected to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night. The NFL Draft will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and will be televised by ESPN and the NFL Network.
The draft begins with the St. Louis Rams selection at 7:30 PM. The first round will be held Thursday night, then the second and third rounds will be conducted Friday night starting at 6:00 PM. The final four rounds will be held Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 AM.
Spiller will be in New York for the draft and will be joined by his mother, brother, sister, daughter, pastor and Clemson Head Coach Gaines Adams was in New York for the 2007 NFL draft.
Eighteen of 19 mock drafts by national media (see below) have Spiller going within the top 15 picks on Thursday. Todd McShay of ESPN, Clark Judge of CBS Sportsline and NBC Sports all have Spiller going to Seattle with the sixth selection.
The only media outlet that has Spiller outside the top 15 is Sporting News, who has Spiller going 20th in the first round to Houston. Ironically, Sporting News ranks Spiller as the fifth best prospect in the draft and has him on the cover of its draft preview magazine. They do have him as the first running back taken in the draft.
If Spiller is taken in the first round he will be the third Clemson player taken in the first round in the last five years. Gaines Adams was the #4 pick of the 2007 draft by the Tampa Bay Bucs. Spiller will be the third straight Clemson first round selection to also earn first-team All-America honors and graduate in the year he was drafted.
Spiller will be the first Clemson running back taken in the first round since Terrence Flagler was the #25 selection of the draft by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1987 NFL draft. He will be the first player on offense to go in the first round since wide receiver Rod Gardner was the #15 pick in 2001. Adams was Clemson’s last first-round selection in 2007 when he was taken by the Bucs.
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