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: Hunter Lawrence

February 23, 2010

Hunter Lawrence

Position: K School: Texas Height: 6’0" Weight: 187 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 4.75 Draft Projection: UDFA

Kicker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Kick Power 7 5.5 Kick Accuracy 7 5.50 Kickoffs 4 3.25

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Above average accuracy. Missed only 2 field goals and no extra points in his junior season. Only missed 2 field goals below 40 yards. Does a nice job with kickoffs with ability to make directional kicks.

Weaknesses

Has never made a field goal of over 50 yards (0-1). Kicking power is only average for college and below average at the NFL level.

Analysis

Will probably not be drafted but will get several calls by NFL teams to have the chance to compete. Accurate short range kicker that could be a nice fill-in guy (read more…)

Scouting Report: Kareem Jackson

February 23, 2010

Kareem Jackson

Position: CB School: Alabama Height: 5’10 1/2" Weight: 196 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.48 Overall Grade: 6.91 Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5.5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 9

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 9 Man Coverage 10 9 Zone Coverage 10 8.5 Tackling 6 4 Run Stopping 6 4 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7 Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Outstanding man coverage skills. Does a very nice job anticipating routes, showing good instincts for a cover corner. Better in man coverage than zone, but can play (read more…)

Scouting Report: Rolando McClain

February 23, 2010

Rolando McClain

Position: LB School: Alabama Height: 6’3 3/8" Weight: 254 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.68 Overall Grade: 7.34 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 8.5 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 7.5 Coverage 8 7 Pass Rushing 8 6 Tackling 8 7 Instincts 8 8 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very good instincts. Reads and reacts quickly to the ball. Flows well to the outside. Outstanding lateral movement. Uses his hands well to keep blockers at bay and/or get off blocks. Sure tackler. Sniffs (read more…)

Scouting Combine Schedule

February 22, 2010

Players start arriving in Indianapolis for the scouting combine on February 24th and events the last workouts will be completed on Tuesday the 2nd. Players perform in groups and each day, different groups perform. Listed below is the full 2010 NFL Scouting Combine schedule.

24th-27th: Grp 1(PK, ST, OL), Grp 2(OL), Grp 3(TE)

Wednesday: Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews Thursday: Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews Friday: NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, *PK/ST Workout*, Interviews Saturday: Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure

25th-28th: Grp 4(QB, WO), Grp 5(QB, WO), Grp 6(RB)

Thursday: Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews Friday: Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews Saturday: NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews Sunday: Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure

26th-1st: Grp 7(DL), Grp 8(DL), Grp 9(LB)

Friday: Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews Saturday: Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews Sunday: NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, (read more…)

Tebow among QBs not throwing at Combine

February 22, 2010

It was announced today that Tim Tebow will not be throwing at the NFL Scouting Combine this week. This puts Tebow in the same category as Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy and Dan LeFevour, who also will not throw in Indianapolis.

 

Reports indicate that Tebow is working hard on his throwing motion and will display his new and improved mechanics at his Pro Day event. Some are starting to beat the Tebow drum a little louder now with his attempt to change his mechanics. If Tebow does show an improvement in his throwing motion, we can be sure that some folks in the media will be starting with the “1st round pick” talk again. After a poor Senior Bowl performance, most got off the Tebow bandwagon and actually weren’t afraid to say something negative about one of the most respected players in college football history.

 

If (read more…)

Scouting Report: Colin Peek

February 22, 2010

Colin Peek

Position: TE School: Alabama Height: 6’5 1/4" Weight: 254 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.93 Overall Grade: 5.57 Draft Projection: 4th Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 4.5 Quickness/Agility 10 5.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 5 Durability 8 6 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 3 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 7

Tight Ends Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Blocking 8 7 Hands 8 6 Route Running/Separation 8 4.5 Red Zone Threat 8 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Solid blocking tight end. Gets a nice seal on outside runs. Good as a pass blocker in multiple tight end sets. Good leverage when blocking. Hands are reliable but nothing to right home about. Adequate route runner. Smart and hard working. Does a nice job blocking down field (read more…)

Scouting Report: Mike Johnson

February 22, 2010

Mike Johnson

Position: OG School: Alabama Height: 6’5 1/4“ Weight: 312 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.31 Overall Grade: 6.35 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

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

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 7.5 Run Blocking 10 8 Awareness 8 7 Hand Placement 6 5 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 4.5 Footwork 8 6 Leverage 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very versatile. Has started at every position on the offensive line except center. Plays with good leverage and is a powerful run blocker. Has a violent initial punch on the defensive lineman. Good footwork. Pulls well and gets out on screens (read more…)

Scouting Report: Leigh Tiffin

February 22, 2010

Leigh Tiffin

Position: K School: Alabama Height: 6’0 7/8" Weight: 209 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 5.17 Draft Projection: Late Rounder / UDFA

Kicker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Kick Power 7 6.25 Kick Accuracy 7 5.75 Kickoffs 4 3.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very accomplished kicker at Alabama and was used a lot. Made several clutch kicks. All-time leading scorer in Alabama history. Above average accuracy, but sheer volume of kicks lowered numbers. Kickoff power is more than adequate. Kick power is well above average, nailing 5 out of 7 from over 50 yards in his career.

Weaknesses

Kickoffs don’t get into the endzone as often as you’d like. Room for improvement with accuracy.

Analysis

Tiffin has a tremendous amount of experience coming from Alabama. In the touch SEC, a solid field (read more…)

2010 Pro Day Schedule

February 21, 2010

More schools will be added as their dates are announced. We’ll be attending a few of these, so check back soon! Wednesday, March 3 Buffalo, Florida International, Lindenwood Thursday, March 4 Baylor, Florida Atlantic, Kansas State, Missouri, Syracuse, Wyoming Friday, March 5 San Diego, South Florida Monday, March 8 Alabama A & M, Central Washington, Northern Colorado, Troy, Utah, Alabama A & M Tuesday, March 9 Auburn, Arkansas-P.B., Central Arkansas, Central Oklahoma, Howard, Indiana, Indiana-PA, North Dakota State, N.W. Missouri, Oklahoma, Tuskegee, Virginia Military, Western Michigan Wednesday, March 10 Alabama, Brown, California, California-Davis, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Washington Thursday, March 11 Alabama-Birmingham, Boston College, Furman, Idaho, Kent State, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Stephen F. Austin, UTEP Friday, March 12 Arizona, Eastern Washington, Jacksonville State, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon State, Purdue, TCU, Urbana Saturday, March 13 San Diego State Monday, March 15 (read more…)

Two receivers will not participate in Combine

February 20, 2010

Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas and Missouri WR Danario Alexander will not participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.

 

Thomas suffered a broken foot while preparing for the Combine. According to his agent, it’s a clean break and he should be ready for an NFL training camp.

 

Alexander elected to have his knee scoped to clean up some torn cartilage. I spoke with Alexander and he stated that the surgery went well and it was an elective procedure for long term maintenance. Danario told me that he hopes to perform at Georgia Tech’s pro day in March.

 

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