ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIS) — The Buffalo Bills have drafted Clemson running back C.J. Spiller with the ninth pick in the NFL draft.
The ACC player of the year, Spiller scored 51 touchdowns and set or tied 31 school records in four seasons at Clemson. He's listed at 5-foot-11 and 196 pounds.
The Bills overlooked needs at offensive line and quarterback in selecting Spiller. His arrival leaves in question the future of Marshawn Lynch, the subject of trade speculation this offseason.
The pick was made under the watch of Buddy Nix, the longtime scout who took over as general manager in December as part of a front-office shakeup after the Bills (6-10) missed the playoffs for a 10th straight season.
Spiller had a large cheering section consisting of family members, his pastor and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.
When Swinney was a Clemson assistant, he was Spiller's primary recruiter. After Dabo became head coach, he helped convince Spiller to return to school for his senior year.
"He means so much to me and my family, so I thought out of respect I'd have him and his wife up there with me," said Spiller.