Some top draftees have 615 ties
A running back who finished his college career in Nashville and a wide receiver who finished his high school career in the area are among the best players at their respective positions in the upcoming NFL Draft.
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=C.J.+Spiller&iid=7324226″ src=”f/9/4/8/ACC_Championship_b858.jpg?adImageId=10723796&imageId=7324226″ width=”234″ height=”187″ /]Clemson running back C.J. Spiller led the Tigers to a 21-13 Music City Bowl victory over Kentucky with 68 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and 57 yards on three catches. His 8-yard TD run in the fourth quarter made him the only player to score a touchdown in every game last season.
Spiller became the first ACC player to post 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the same season, and he tied the league record for touchdowns in a season with 21.
Spiller, 5-11, 195, is the consensus No. 1 running back in the draft. He also is an electrifying kickoff returner, with three KO returns for touchdowns over the past two seasons. He was the first player in the history of the Walter Camp All-American teams to be named at two positions in the same year: He was first-team AA as a kick returner and second-team AA as a running back.
Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate played his high school ball at Pope John Paul II in Hendersonville. He entered the draft after a junior season in which he had 93 receptions for 1,496 yards and 15 touchdowns and added an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown.
He’s the same size as Spiller, and while he doesn’t have the straightaway speed of his Clemson counterpart Tate played quite a bit at running back in high school and knows how to make defenders miss. His size is a drawback to NFL scouts, who prefer taller, speedier receivers. But teams that pass on him in favor of the prototypes available in this draft will look back five years from now and realize they made a horrible mistake. Tate runs hard, has a great vertical jump, fights for the ball, and catches in traffic like few others in this draft.
CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH TATE’S HIGH SCHOOL COACH, JEFF BROTHERS.