Spiller's speed will be on display at Combine

Clemson running back C.J. Spiller is ready for Indianapolis.

One of the top prospects in this year’s draft class, Spiller will run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week, agent Gary Wichard told me via email Monday afternoon.

The running back will also participate in all medical examinations and interviews, but will wait until his Pro Day on March 11 to complete any other workouts.

Spiller rushed for 1,212 yards and 12 touchdowns for the 9-5 Tigers this past season. He also caught 36 passes for 503 yards with four touchdowns on his way to being named second-team All ACC.

In four years at Clemson, the versatile, dual-threat running back amassed 3,547 rushing yards with 32 touchdowns coming by way of the ground game.

Considered by many experts as one of the top running backs in this year’s draft class, here’s NFP Director of College Scouting Wes Bunting’s report on Spiller:

C.J. Spiller: No. 28, RB, 5-11, 195

A dynamic athlete who possesses a rare blend of athleticism, balance and overall instincts as a runner, Spiller can change the game every time the ball is in his hands. He displays great vision and patience at the line of scrimmage with the burst to explode into daylight. He does a nice job feeling out his blocks and picking his way through the line of scrimmage. He possesses the lateral agility and footwork to consistently make the first man miss and does a good job changing directions at full speed. Spiller gets up to speed quickly and exhibits a second gear in the open field.

He lacks ideal girth and isn't a guy who can carry the load at the next level, but he does a nice job lowering his pad level on contact and not absorbing many big hits. Spiller has that "it" factor as a runner and is very instinctive in all areas of his game. He's a gifted receiver who possesses the ability to turn his routes up the field and make plays vertically. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and looks natural in the pass game. He's a jack-of-all-trades who can hurt you on the ground or through the air. He looks like a real playmaker at the next level.

Grade: 6.9

Click HERE to check out the NFP’s 2010 running back rankings.

If you aren't that familiar with Spiller as a player yet, check out this video. It says it all.

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