Atlanta Falcons make splashy first round decision in this mock draft
Round Two (43rd overall): Isaiah Spiller, Running Back (Texas A&M)
This pick, admittedly, was the toughest one in the early stages because a quarterback here felt right. Matt Ryan’s entering his age-37 season, is currently a middle-pack quarterback with some top-10 caliber play at times, but the options behind him are nonexistent. Also, please don’t bring back Josh Rosen, Atlanta.
That said, with looking at a quarterback here since the defense had to be the first pick, Desmond Ridder and Carson Strong were the two options that fell here. Sadly, Strong went to Houston, and Ridder was selected just before Atlanta, by the newly named Washington Commanders (horrible name, by the way).
So, assuming Mike Davis doesn’t return to Atlanta and Cordarrelle Patterson (maybe, Spotrac projects him to command $9 million/year) does, that would leave CP and Qadree Ollison as two running backs in the Falcons organization.
Enter Aggies running back Isaiah Spiller, who despite the last name, is not related to the former excellent running back for the Buffalo Bills. Instead, this Spiller is a larger back for his position (6-foot-1, 225 pounds) who has good movement with his feet and pretty good eye movement to find the open holes, especially on third down.
Even better? Despite playing in the SEC his entire collegiate career, Spiller’s prowess at blocking defenders from his position is very impressive, as he finds the lone rusher and can either completely prevent their lane or make enough of a cut to give his quarterback enough time to avoid the hit.
In a team with a priority of the zone blocking scheme for running backs, Spiller here at the beginning of the second round is a good win for the Falcons.