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.


Report from UConn Pro Day

March 25, 2010

3-25-10 A cool and windy day made it nice to be indoors at Connecticut’s new indoor practice facility. By my count, there were 21 teams present at the event, including the Bears, Browns, Bucs, Chargers, Chiefs, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, Jaguars, Jets, Lions, Packers, Panthers, Patriots, Raiders, Ravens, Saints, Seahawks and Titans. Teams that sent multiple scouts to the workout were the Jets (3), Panthers (2) and Seahawks (2), which could mean they have an interest in a particular player. The Hartford Colonials of the UFL were also represented by 4 scouts and their head coach, Chris Palmer. Players that participated in the event were Desi Cullen (P), Brandon Dillon (DT), Andre Dixon (RB), Marcus Easley (WR), Mike Hicks (OT), Brad Kanuch (WR), Robert McClain (CB), Dan Ryan (OT), Robert Vaughn (S) and Lindsay Witten (DE). The workout also included 2 UConn players that graduated in the previous year, (read more…)

Scouting Report: Joe Haden

March 23, 2010

Joe Haden

Position: CB School: Florida Height: 5’10 3/4" Weight: 193 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.58 Overall Grade: 7.29 Draft Projection: First Round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 9 Strength/Explosion 10 9 Athletic Ability 8 7.5 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5.5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 10

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 9 Man Coverage 10 9.5 Zone Coverage 10 8 Tackling 6 5.5 Run Stopping 6 5.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5 Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Excellent in man coverage with elite ball skills. Also very solid in zone coverage. Flips his hips well. Fluid in change of direction while losing little to no (read more…)

Scouting Report: Maurkice Pouncey

March 22, 2010

Maurkice Pouncey

Position: C School: Florida Height: 6’4 1/8" Weight: 304 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 5.15 Overall Grade: 7.21 Draft Projection: First round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 9 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 9.5

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

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Smart and instinctive blocker. Identifies blitzers well and does a nice job making the calls for the offensive line. Has experience playing both right guard and center but could play (read more…)

Scouting Report: Sean Weatherspoon

March 22, 2010

Sean Weatherspoon

Position: LB School: Missouri Height: 6’1 1/4" Weight: 239 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.68 Overall Grade: 7.25 Draft Projection: First Round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

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

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 7 Coverage 8 7 Pass Rushing 8 5 Tackling 8 8 Instincts 8 7.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

An absolute tackle machine. Weatherspoon reads his keys well and flows to the ball effectively. Does a nice job wading through trash to get to the ball carrier. Reads blocks and fills holes very (read more…)

Scouting Report: Carlos Dunlap

March 22, 2010

Carlos Dunlap

Position: DE School: Florida Height: 6’5 6/8" Weight: 277 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.71 Overall Grade: 6.61 Draft Projection: 1st/2nd round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8 Strength/Explosion 10 9 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 8 Character 6 3 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 9

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 6 Pass Rushing 8 7.5 Awareness 8 4.5 Hand Placement 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Gets a great initial punch on the offensive lineman, using long arms (34 5/8″) to gain leverage. Quick first step and gets to the edge quickly. Has a nice bull rush and rip move that give offensive linemen fits. Lined up at both RDE and LDE at (read more…)

Interview: Jamar Chaney

March 16, 2010

 

One of the underrated prospects at inside linebacker this year is Jamar Chaney of Mississippi State. Not only was Jamar the defensive MVP of the Senior Bowl, but he recorded the fastest time of all the linebackers at the Combine at 4.54, but even he thinks he can run in the 4.4s. Chaney’s athleticism flashes on film and any linebacker that can play at a high level in the SEC deserves recognition. I had the chance to talk with Jamar about where NFL teams see him fitting in at the next level and what it is that motivates him when he’s on the field. Be sure to follow Jamar on Twitter @Jamar22Chaney.

 

Spencer: I haven’t had a chance to talk to you since the middle of the Senior Bowl. How do you feel about your performance down in Mobile?

 

Chaney: Just to get to play (read more…)

Interview: Sean Weatherspoon

March 15, 2010

 

One of my absolute favorite draft prospects in this year’s class is Sean Weatherspoon, the linebacker from Missouri. I knew I liked “Spoon” from the games I had watched before the Senior Bowl, but it was there that I got to see first hand his abilities as a leader on and off the field. Sean isn’t afraid to speak his mind and he talked with me about how the North squad felt disrespected at the Senior Bowl, how he feels about those who chose not to compete at the Combine and what team made him stand up and sing for them in an interview! Needless to say, this was one of my favorite interviews I’ve had the pleasure of conducting. Be sure to follow Spoon on Twitter (while he still has it!) @SeanWSpoon12!

 

Spencer: We first met at the beginning of Senior Bowl week but haven’t (read more…)

Intersite Mock Draft – March 14th

March 15, 2010

Your favorite draft sites from across the internet all came together to conduct an intersite mock draft. See who the experts from the draftnik community think your team will take in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft!

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

St. Louis is basically an expansion team at this point (6 wins in 3 years). The safe choice would be to select the widely regarded best player in the draft, Ndamukong Suh. The Nebraska defensive tackle would help the Rams run defense (opponents averaged 4.4 yards per carry and rushed for 2,201 yards last season) and provide a push up the middle. However, this year’s draft is exceptionally deep at defensive tackle. St. Louis will be able to find help at DT in the 2nd and 3rd round. No position can energize and turnaround a franchise faster than (read more…)

Report from Rutgers Pro Day

March 11, 2010

3-10-10 By my count, 23 NFL teams were represented at the Rutgers pro day event including; Raiders, Saints, Ravens, Colts, Browns, Jaguars, Eagles, Redskins, Chiefs, Seahawks, Bucs, Vikings, Packers, Chargers, Giants, Patriots, Jets, Bears, Dolphins, 49ers, Falcons, Texans and Bills. The Baltimore Ravens seemed to bring the biggest names as Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz and defensive backs coach Chuck Pagano were in attendance. The Eagles also sent their defensive backs coach and former Bills head coach, Dick Jauron. OT and possible top 10 pick, Anthony Davis, decided NOT to work out today as he “wasn’t feeling well” and apparently had a hamstring issue. Scouts were not happy. CB Devin McCourty decided to stand on his Combine numbers and did not participate in any timed events. However, McCourty did participate in position drills. More on that in a minute. Damaso Munoz, the undersized strong side linebacker, may have been (read more…)

Combine Blog: Tuesday

March 3, 2010

News and notes from the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Tuesday, March 2nd

 

– Controversy filled the air at the Combine this week regarding 40 times. Unofficially, USC S Taylor Mays tied the Combine record of 4.24 in the 40, only to find that his official time was 4.43. According to several sources, most scouts had Mays 40 time somewhere in the low 4.3s. Mays still looked stiff in coverage drills and many continue to question whether or not his best fit is at OLB in the NFL.

 

– Rutgers CB Devin McCourty continued to help himself today and is rising fast in the cornerback rankings. McCourty ran a 4.48 40 yard dash and looked smooth and natural in the position drills.

 

– Boise State CB Kyle Wilson did not participate in any drills due to a hamstring injury.

 

– I fully expected a faster time from (read more…)

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