After rushing for nearly 3,000 yards in three seasons at Texas A&M, Isaiah Spiller has positioned himself as one of the top running backs available in the 2022 NFL Draft. His running ability alone is enough to give him a shot at being part of a committee but there could be untapped potential if he improves as a pass-catcher and blocker.
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Isaiah Spiller Draft Profile
College: Texas A&M
A big back, Spiller combines size, instincts and quick feet to be a handful for opposing defenses. He consistently creates yardage where there seemingly is none. He takes short, choppy steps in traffic, then explodes when he finds a crease, with good twitch and explosiveness for a big back. His vision is excellent, and his strongest trait is the ability to string moves together and change directions without sacrificing speed, allowing him to create at the second level. He consistently gets up on the second level in a hurry, and his change-of-direction ability can make him difficult to get a clean shot on. He has good long speed and flashes the ability to be a more consistent contributor in the passing game. He has the power to finish runs around the goal line and should be a capable short-yardage back at the next level.
His big-play ability is a question mark; Spiller lacks the elite long speed to run away from NFL defenders. He ended up in a near-50/50 time split with sophomore Devon Achane as last season went on, and Achane proved to be the better big-play threat. Spiller has the tools to be a third-down contributor, but his hands were inconsistent as a receiver, and he was occasionally a step slow to get to his block as a pass protector.
He’s scheme-versatile and has NFL-caliber traits as a runner, with the ability to create his own space, and his floor would seem to be the lead of a committee at the next level. The questions are how much of a big-play threat he’ll prove to be and whether he can hold up consistently as a third-down back.
Final Grade: 2nd/3rd Round