Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.


Scouting Report: Patrick Robinson

April 22, 2010

Patrick Robinson

Position: CB School: Florida State Height: 5’11 1/4“ Weight: 190 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.47 Overall Grade: 6.35 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 7 Character 6 3 Production/Experience 6 3 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 8.5

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 7.5 Man Coverage 10 8.5 Zone Coverage 10 8 Tackling 6 4.5 Run Stopping 6 4 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5 Physicality 6 3.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very quick and athletic. Smooth backpedal and good footwork. Flips hips and changes directions easily. Can run with most wide receivers without allowing separation. When in zone coverage, can read the QB’s eyes while keeping an (read more…)

Scouting Report: Rodger Saffold

April 22, 2010

Rodger Saffold

Position: OT School: Indiana Height: 6’4 5/8“ Weight: 316 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.24 Overall Grade: 6.44 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 5.5 Quickness/Agility 10 6.5 Strength/Explosion 10 7 Athletic Ability 8 5.5 Durability 8 6.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 8.5

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 8.5 Run Blocking 10 8 Awareness 8 7.5 Hand Placement 6 5.5 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 4.5 Footwork 8 6.5 Leverage 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very experienced offensive lineman that began starting at left tackle during his freshman season. Good awareness. Uses his hands well to latch on blockers. Natural knee bender. Plays through the whistle and finishes blocks. Thick, strong build with long (read more…)

The enigma that is the Steelers offensive line

April 22, 2010

By special guest writer, AJ Barravechio When you think of the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line, what comes to mind? Due to the image that has been portrayed for years now, it probably makes you think of sacks upon sacks. While this does appear to be a major problem for the Steelers, who is to be blamed for this? The line themselves? The quarterback that is heralded as “elite?” The coaching staff and their schemes? While it is easy to believe that the line should bear the full burden of protecting the quarterback, sometimes we have to look closely at the situation in order to discover the truth.

It seems that for the past four years, national as well as local media have been calling for the Steelers to draft an offensive lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft. Many mock drafts have been shown with Pittsburgh (read more…)

FINAL Mock Draft – April 22

April 22, 2010

It’s only a day before the draft and Will Spencer and Rob Engle have put their heads together to come up with their final mock draft. With a few surprises in store, take a look at how it shaped up!

1. St. Louis Rams Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma

Scouting Report

It seems that it’s almost a given the Rams will take Bradford with the first overall pick. We don’t necessarily agree with it, but we see the Rams issue here. They’ve passed on several franchise quarterbacks over the past several seasons and they’ve parted ways with Marc Bulger. They could go out and try to trade for Jason Campbell or maybe shoot for Colt McCoy in round 2. However, this seems like the most logical selection.

 

2. Detroit Lions Ndamunkong Suh – DT – Nebraska

Scouting Report

The Lions could easily (read more…)

Scouting Report: Sean Lee

April 21, 2010

Sean Lee

Position: ILB School: Penn State Height: 6’2 1/8“ Weight: 236 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.74 Overall Grade: 6.31 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 6 Quickness/Agility 10 7.5 Strength/Explosion 10 7 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 6.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 8.5

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 6.5 Coverage 8 5.5 Pass Rushing 8 3 Tackling 8 7 Instincts 8 7 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 5.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Extremely smart player with high football IQ. Very hard worker; on and off the field. A leader on the field. Rarely takes false steps and a sure, reliable and fundamentally sound tackler. Not afraid to take on bigger backs head on in (read more…)

Scouting Report: Navorro Bowman

April 21, 2010

Navorro Bowman

Position: OLB School: Penn State Height: 6’0 1/2“ Weight: 242 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.73 Overall Grade: 6.06 Draft Projection: Late 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 3.5 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6.5 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 5.5 Character 6 2.5 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 6.5 Potential 10 8.5

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 6.5 Coverage 8 7 Pass Rushing 8 3.5 Tackling 8 7 Instincts 8 7 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

A true speed linebacker. Excellent in coverage. Quick to drop into his zone and does a nice job reading the quarterback’s eyes. Quick with good straight line speed. Good sideline-to-sideline runner. Does a nice job stopping outside the tackles runs. Instincts (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jared Odrick

April 21, 2010

Jared Odrick

Position: DT School: Penn State Height: 6’5″ Weight: 304 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.05 Overall Grade: 6.82 Draft Projection: 1st Round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 6 Quickness/Agility 10 7 Strength/Explosion 10 9 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 6.5 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 5.5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 9

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 7.5 Pass Rushing 8 6 Awareness 8 7 Hand Placement 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Explosive first step and good initial pop. Does a good job using his hands against blockers. Rarely is handled in a one-on-one scenario. Can shoot the gap or read and react at the line. High level of awareness. High (read more…)

Scouting Report: Bruce Campbell

April 21, 2010

Bruce Campbell

Position: OT School: Maryland Height: 6’6 3/8“ Weight: 314 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.78 Overall Grade: 6.21 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 8 Quickness/Agility 10 9.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 5 Character 6 4.5 Production/Experience 6 3 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 9

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 7.5 Run Blocking 10 6 Awareness 8 5 Hand Placement 6 5 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 5 Footwork 8 6 Leverage 8 4

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Extremely athletic tackle with high upside. Finesse blocker that has the ability to handle the outside speed rush. Gets set and into his kick slide quickly after the snap. Has the ability to get outside for the screen pass. (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jon Asamoah

April 21, 2010

Jon Asamoah

Position: OG School: Illinois Height: 6’4″ Weight: 305 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: -.– Overall Grade: 6.47 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 6 Quickness/Agility 10 7 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 5 Durability 8 7 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 7.5

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 7.5 Run Blocking 10 7 Awareness 8 8 Hand Placement 6 5.5 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 5 Footwork 8 7 Leverage 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very smart and cerebral blocker. Reportedly scored a 36 on his Wonderlic test. Plays with leverage. Good hand placement and keeps a wide base. Has a mean streak and finishes blocks. Excellent foot work and appears athletic on film. Good (read more…)

Scouting Report: Arrelious Benn

April 21, 2010

Arrelious Benn

Position: WR School: Illinois Height: 6’1″ Weight: 219 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.56 Overall Grade: 6.34 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 5.5 Quickness/Agility 10 7.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8.5 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 7 Character 6 5.5 Production/Experience 6 3.5 Toughness 8 7.5 Potential 10 9

Wide Receiver Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Route Running 10 7 Hands 10 8 Blocking 4 3 Short Routes 8 6.5 Deep Routes 8 6.5 Elusiveness/YAC 8 5.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

A very tough, physical receiver. Catches with his hands, which appear to be strong. Catches the ball at it’s highest point and not afraid to fight with defender for possession. Works the middle of the field well and unafraid of contact. A threat after (read more…)

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