Buccaneers: Mike Evans singles out draft option for Tampa
By Rob Leeds
Mike Evans has singled out a running back that is a perfect fit with the Buccaneers.
Mike Evans, hopefully, the Buccaneers, and the rest of the NFL world are unable to ignore the show Isaiah Spiller is putting on with Texas A&M. The Aggies have experienced an up and down season, but beating Alabama on the national stage should propel them into greater conversations for the rest of the season.
As the world focused on A&M and one of the biggest wins in school history, Mike Evans singled out one player, running back Isaiah Spiller.
Spiller has the juice to be the best running back in the upcoming class, and the Bucs obviously have a need at the position. Leonard Fournette is playing like one of the best backs in the NFL right now from a versatility standpoint, but no one knows what the future holds for Tampa’s RB room.
Ronald Jones is likely on his way out at the end of the season, and the odds are high that Tampa targets at least one running back in the 2022 NFL Draft, but perhaps not as high as Spiller is projected to go.
Fans will understandably worry about investing a draft pick in a running back so early, but there is a different way to look at Spiller as a player. Don’t look at this as drafting a running back with a priority pick. Look at it as investing a pick in another pass-catcher.
Spiller is the primary running back for A&M, but his biggest selling points are his route-running and receiving abilities. With this pick, the Bucs would have one of the best third-down backs in the league, and they would also gain a player they can line up in the slot or even outside to work in the passing game.
As a running back, Spiller has the skillset to be a great between the tackles and YAC guy in the quick game, and his time in college also shows a player that can take on some more complex routes as well.
Mike Evans is obviously just watching his former school play and shouting out a great player, but Evans is also an extremely bright football mind and knows what he’s talking about. Isaiah Spiller isn’t worth the Buccaneers giving up on their draft over, especially with their success in recent years and the lack of reliability at the position, but perhaps there is some upside here worth considering.
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