This pick could not have been better. Let me explain. The last few drafts Bills fans have come away disappointed because we have reached for players that were a need for us. Whitner, Maybin, Mckelvin, all of these guys were ranked as first round prospects but we took them too high because they were such critical needs.
The new CHIX regime has clearly brought a new attitude to the draft. Take the best player available. This is a great way to approach the draft and why we haven't made the playoffs in ten years. I see all of these disappointed Bills fans saying "Yea Spiller will definitely be a great player for us, but its not who I wanted." Someone explain how this makes sense because I sure don't understand. Why would you pass on a great player early when you can fill the needs later on in the draft with quality players as well. Some people would rather take the 3rd best player available at a position (LT, DT, QB) at #9 overall rather than drafting an explosive player that could very well turn into a superstar.
Lets take a look at all of the players people wanted us to draft. Brian Bulaga- didn't go until #22 as the 4th tackle off the board. Anthony Davis- #11 overall, I cannot say this would have been a bad pick because he is very talented so Davis is my exception. Dan Williams- #26 overall. And finally the big one, Jimmy Clausen- Still available. Clearly not only us, but all NFL teams did not value these guys very highly on their draft boards. The new regime did the right thing and went with someone who was available that fit the value of the pick.
Also remember that when Nix was in San Diego, they built a quality offensive line with players in later rounds of the draft, so don't think that because we passed on players that some people liked, we won't get a good linemen later in the draft.
And for all of you opposed to this pick, I think you are feeling the effects of the previous regime still. Just being used to reaching for a need and now that it didn't happen you are confused. I'm sure a lot of people are more confused than upset with the pick. Because when it comes down to it, C.J. Spiller is a great college player, and it has been a long time since the Bills took a great player as dynamic, and with the great potential of Spiller.