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NFL draft preview: RB and WRs to consider

He would be the most dynamic player to wear the Seahawks’ blue and silver since they drafted Joey Galloway eighth overall in the 1995 draft, but there’s no guarantee Seattle will select Clemson running back C.J. Spiller in the first round.

My story today takes a closer look at the possibility of Spiller coming to Seattle.

A brief look at Seattle’s draft history suggests the Seahawks might push down and draft a running back in the later rounds.

It’s been 10 years since they drafted a tailback in the first round. Back then, they got it right, taking Shaun Alexander 19th overall. Alexander went on to win league MVP honors in the team’s Super Bowl season (2005) and finished his career as the franchise rushing leader.

The only other tailback Seattle has selected in the first round was Curt Warner, the No. 3 overall pick in the 1983 draft and a member of the team’s Ring of Honor after an impressive eight-year career.

And veteran offensive line coach Alex Gibbs has proved that he can create an effective running game without a first round selection at running back.

When Gibbs coached the offensive line in Denver, Terrell Davis (sixth round), Olandis Gary (fourth), Mike Anderson (sixth) and Clinton Portis (second) all ran for more than 1,000 yards in a season.

But Spiller isn’t your ordinary back. He’s been compared to Tennessee’s Chris Johnson and New Orleans’ Reggie Bush because of his rare combination of elusiveness and elite speed, and could give Seattle the big-play threat head coach Pete Carroll covets.

The Seahawks also could be looking for a big-play receiver after losing out in the Brandon Marshall sweepstakes. Seattle has not drafted a receiver in the first round since selecting Koren Robinson ninth overall in 2001. Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant could be a consideration for Seattle if they can reconcile some of his reported character issues.

And what would a post on Spiller be without a look at some of his mesmerizing highlights, which you can check out in the video below.

Rob Rang’s running Backs and wide receivers to considerRound Pick Name

1 (6) CJ Spiller, 5-11, 196, Clemson

Rob's rationale: A Chris Johnson clone, Spiller scored a staggering 21 TDs of 50 yards or more during his career.

1 (14) Dez Bryant, 6-1, 242, Oklahoma State

Rob’s rationale: Top 10 talent, but immature. Has been compared to Anquan Boldin, Randy Moss. Highlights

2 (60) Damian Williams, 6-1, 197, USC

Rob's rationale: Classic West Coast Offense receiver is among the draft’s most pro-ready due to reliable routes, hands. Doubles as a returner. Highlights

4 (104, 127) Anthony Dixon, 6-1, 233, Mississippi State

Rob's rationale: A better power runner than Toby Gerhart, Dixon could be the answer to Seattle’s need for a big back. Highlights

5 (133,139) Mike Williams, 6-2, 223, Syracuse

Rob's rationale: Twice suspended by Syracuse and will be off some teams’ boards. A legitimate top 50 talent, however, who could be too talented for Carroll to ignore if still available. Highlights.

6 (176) Deji Karim, 5-09, 209, Southern Illinois

Rob's rationale: Not invited to the Combine despite rushing for 1,694 yards and 18 TDs in 2009. A true diamond in the rough. Pro day workout.

7 (245) Joique Bell, 5-11, 214, Wayne State

Rob's rationale: Harlon Hill Trophy winner impressed me at the Senior Bowl. Only lack of top end speed drops him on draft day. Highlights