Travis Etienne: ‘The Total Package’

C.J. Spiller knows what it takes to make it in the NFL as a running back.

After finishing up a legendary college career at Clemson, Spiller would be selected by the Buffalo Bills ninth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. He would go onto to spend the next eight years playing on Sundays.

Earlier this year, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney named Spiller his new running backs coach. While Spiller never got the opportunity to be Travis Etienne’s position coach, he did spend last season as a graduate assistant getting an up-close look at the Tigers all-time leading rusher. To Spiller, there is no doubt as to who is the best back in the upcoming draft.

“I think Travis Etienne is going to transition to the NFL…. I don’t want to say easy, but I don’t think it’s going to be overbearing for him,” Spiller said. For one, he’s such a humble individual, he’s the total package. To me, he’s the best running back coming out of the draft; he can do it all.”

Spiller said that Etienne is the type of back that can do a little bit of everything.

“He can catch the ball, he can run between the tackles,” Spiller said. “If you need him in the return game he can do that. He’s just one of those individuals that when he gets the ball in his hands, there’s something special that’s going to happen.”

On top of being what Spiller considers the most dynamic back in the draft, Clemson’s new running backs coach said that Etienne also brings a durability to the table and that’s something that can make him invaluable to the team that eventually drafts him.

“The thing you like about him most is that he is very durable. He’s going to be available on Sunday, so that won’t be a question mark. So I’m excited to see where he lands.”

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