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: Nate Allen

April 20, 2010

Nate Allen

Position: S School: South Florida Height: 6’0 1/2" Weight: 207 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: -.– Overall Grade: 6.68 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

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

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 7 Man Coverage 10 7.5 Zone Coverage 10 8 Tackling 6 5 Run Stopping 6 4.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7 Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very fluid athlete. Flips his hips and changes directions with ease. Physical with receivers. Will fight for the ball while it’s in the air. Not afraid of contact and a willing tackler. High quality instincts and (read more…)

Scouting Report: Carlton Mitchell

April 20, 2010

Carlton Mitchell

Position: WR School: South Florida Height: 6’2 7/8“ Weight: 215 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.47 Overall Grade: 5.97 Draft Projection: 3rd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8 Strength/Explosion 10 5 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 7 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 3 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 8

Wide Receiver Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Route Running 10 6.5 Hands 10 7 Blocking 4 3 Short Routes 8 5.5 Deep Routes 8 5.5 Elusiveness/YAC 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Explosive athlete with great speed. Very quick and has some shiftiness. Not afraid to work the middle of the field. Can make some acrobatic catches. Does a nice job after the catch and can break some tackles against corners. Great leaping ability. (read more…)

Scouting Report: George Selvie

April 20, 2010

George Selvie

Position: DE School: South Florida Height: 6’4 3/8“ Weight: 252 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.96 Overall Grade: 5.64 Draft Projection: 4th Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4 Speed 8 5 Quickness/Agility 10 6 Strength/Explosion 10 7 Athletic Ability 8 4.5 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 7

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 5.5 Pass Rushing 8 5 Awareness 8 5 Hand Placement 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Smart and experienced defensive end. Selvie was a four year starter at South Florida. Does a nice job finding the ball and in pursuit. Above average awareness. Good hand placement. Reliable tackler. High motor and high character. Plays with leverage and good body control. Shows the ability (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jason Pierre-Paul

April 20, 2010

Jason Pierre-Paul

Position: DE School: South Florida Height: 6’4 3/4“ Weight: 270 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.72 Overall Grade: 6.82 Draft Projection: First Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 7.5 Quickness/Agility 10 9 Strength/Explosion 10 8.5 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 2.5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 10

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 3.5 Pass Rushing 8 7.5 Awareness 8 5.5 Hand Placement 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Explosive first step. Very quick around the edge. Has a wide array of pass rush moves. Ultra-athletic. Does a nice job extending long arms (34 3/4“) and keeping the blocker at a distance. Changes directions while rushing at ease. High motor. Does a nice job in pursuit. (read more…)

First Round Mock Draft – April 20th

April 20, 2010

Special guest writer Brandon Clark gives you his first round mock. Brandon gives you what he thinks will happen, and then gives the pick HE would make. Enjoy!

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

Scouting Report

When drafting first overall, it is more pertinent than ever to choose the Best Player Available. The problem is that the league has become such a QB-driven environment that positional value trumps talent in this particular instance. Suh will drop and the defensive-minded coach will fix that side on his own and let the offense benefit from talent.

My Take: Unfortunately, I can’t logically disagree.

 

2. Detroit Lions Ndamunkong Suh – DT – Nebraska

Scouting Report

LT to protect the QB or a DT to cause problems for the other team and keep the score low? What would you do? What will (read more…)

Scouting Report: Daryl Washington

April 19, 2010

Daryl Washington

Position: OLB School: TCU Height: 6’1 3/4“ Weight: 230 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.63 Overall Grade: 6.72 Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 7.5 Potential 10 9

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 6 Coverage 8 7 Pass Rushing 8 5.5 Tackling 8 6.5 Instincts 8 6.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Ideal fit at weak side linebacker in a 4-3 defense. At his best when he’s able to run around and make plays. Moved around a bit on TCU’s defense, lining up at outside and middle linebacker. Excellent in coverage. Very athletic. Can (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jerry Hughes

April 19, 2010

Jerry Hughes

Position: DE/OLB School: TCU Height: 6’1 3/4“ Weight: 245 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.67 Overall Grade: 6.91 Draft Projection: First Round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 9 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 9.5

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 7 Coverage 8 4.5 Pass Rushing 8 8 Tackling 8 7.5 Instincts 8 6 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Ultra-fast first step. A very pure pass rusher that has a wide array of moves. Effective bull rusher. Uses hands well to disengage from the blocker. Has the ability to change directions while rushing (read more…)

Scouting Report: Dominique Franks

April 16, 2010

Dominique Franks

Position: CB School: Oklahoma Height: 5’11” Weight: 194 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.52 Overall Grade: 5.94 Draft Projection: 3rd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 6 Quickness/Agility 10 8 Strength/Explosion 10 5.5 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 8 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 4 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 7.5

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 6 Man Coverage 10 7 Zone Coverage 10 8 Tackling 6 4 Run Stopping 6 3 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7 Physicality 6 4

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Good size and bulk for the position. More than adequate speed. Game speed appears to be faster than timed speed. Flips hips well. Good change of direction ability. Has the ability to cover a lot of ground. Reaches (read more…)

Scouting Report: Gerald McCoy

April 16, 2010

Gerald McCoy

Position: DT School: Oklahoma Height: 6’4 1/8“ Weight: 295 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 5.07 Overall Grade: 7.32 Draft Projection: Top 3 Pick

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 7.5 Quickness/Agility 10 9 Strength/Explosion 10 8.5 Athletic Ability 8 7.5 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 10

Defensive Line Specific Categories

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

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Ideal 3 technique defensive tackle. Blazing quick first step. Explodes off the ball and shoots the gap better than any defensive tackle in this draft. Maintains leverage. Excellent at using his hands to keep blockers at bay. Has (read more…)

Scouting Report: Trent Williams

April 15, 2010

Trent Williams

Position: OT School: Oklahoma Height: 6’4 5/8“ Weight: 315 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.88 Overall Grade: 7.26 Draft Projection: First Round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

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

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 8 Run Blocking 10 9 Awareness 8 7 Hand Placement 6 5.5 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 5 Footwork 8 5.5 Leverage 8 7.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Experienced at both right and left tackle. Plays with a mean streak. Always finishes blocks. Plays with good leverage and uses his long arms (34 1/4“) to lock out the (read more…)

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