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: Jordan Shipley

February 19, 2010

Jordan Shipley

Position: WR School: Texas Height: 5’11 1/4" Weight: 193 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.60 Overall Grade: 5.81 Draft Projection: 3rd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4 Speed 8 5 Quickness/Agility 10 7 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 6.5

Wide Receiver Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Route Running 10 7 Hands 10 7.5 Blocking 4 3 Short Routes 8 8 Deep Routes 8 3 Elusiveness/YAC 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

An excellent short route runner. Works the middle of the field very well and isn’t afraid of the contact that comes with it. Good body control and maintains balance when stretching for catches. Lined up mostly in the slot at Texas, which is (read more…)

Scouting Report: Colt McCoy

February 18, 2010

Colt McCoy

Position: QB School: Texas Height: 6’1 1/8" Weight: 216 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.79 Overall Grade: 6.48 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 3 Speed 8 5.5 Quickness/Agility 10 7 Strength/Explosion 10 5.5 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 9

Quarterback Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Decision Making 10 8 Arm Strength 7 4 Accuracy 10 8.5 Mechanics/Footwork 7 4.5 Mobility 6 4.5 Release Quickness 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

A 4 year starter in one of the top programs in the nation. Production is through the roof. Quick release. Short, underneath and intermediate throws are very accurate. Ideal for a west coast offense. Solid mobility. Knows when to scramble and flashes athletic (read more…)

Scouting Report: Roddrick Muckelroy

February 18, 2010

Roddrick Muckelroy

Position: LB School: Texas Height: 6’1 3/4" Weight: 246 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.77 Overall Grade: 6.03 Draft Projection: 2nd/3rd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 5.5 Quickness/Agility 10 7.5 Strength/Explosion 10 7.5 Athletic Ability 8 5.5 Durability 8 5.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 7.5

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 6 Coverage 8 5 Pass Rushing 8 4 Tackling 8 6.5 Instincts 8 7 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Instinctive linebacker that can sniff out run plays, specifically draws and screens. When he gets square with the ball carrier, he can deliver a nice pop. Effective open field tackler when in position. Flows well to the outside, showing good lateral movement. (read more…)

Scouting Report: Lamarr Houston

February 18, 2010

Lamarr Houston

Position: DT School: Texas Height: 6’2 3/4" Weight: 305 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.85 Overall Grade: 6.39 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 7.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 7 Character 6 4.5 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 8

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 6 Pass Rushing 8 6.5 Awareness 8 6 Hand Placement 8 6.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very quick first step and gets upfield fast. Shoots the gap effectively and disrupts the play. Can collapse the pocket and gets a good push on the blocker. Strong at the point of attack and seems to have a strong lower body. Plays with a wide base. Does (read more…)

Scouting Report: Sergio Kindle

February 17, 2010

Sergio Kindle

Position: OLB/DE School: Texas Height: 6’2 7/8" Weight: 250 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.71 Overall Grade: 6.81 Draft Projection: 1st/2nd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 6.5 Quickness/Agility 10 8 Strength/Explosion 10 8.5 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 7 Character 6 3.5 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 10

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 7 Coverage 8 5.5 Pass Rushing 8 7.5 Tackling 8 7.5 Instincts 8 6 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very versatile defender. Texas lined Kindle up at numerous positions; RDE, LDE and OLB. Kindle also rushed the passer from a 3 point stance, 2 point stance and even a 4 point stance at times. Kindle was used in coverage as a (read more…)

Scouting Report: Earl Thomas

February 17, 2010

Earl Thomas

Position: Safety School: Texas Height: 5’10 1/4" Weight: 208 lbs Class: RS Sophomore 40 time: 4.49 Overall Grade: 7.12 Draft Projection: First Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 9 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 9.5

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 9 Man Coverage 10 9 Zone Coverage 10 9.5 Tackling 6 4 Run Stopping 6 4 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5 Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Reacts quickly to the ball once it’s in the air or on the ground. Reads the quarterback’s eyes while in coverage and has a knack for jumping routes. Anticipates when a receiver is about to make (read more…)

Interview: Patrick Robinson

February 15, 2010

 

Robinson is a bit of an enigma for scouts. On tape, there are games where he is absolutely dominant. Other times, he can disappear. Robinson came into the Senior Bowl as possibly the 2nd rated corner on most folks board, but I’m not sure if he lived up to those expectations. Patrick took some of his time out to sit down and talk with me during Senior Bowl week about what his favorite coverage is and what receiver gave him the toughest time in practice.

 

Spencer: How’s your Senior Bowl experience been so far?

 

Robinson: It’s been good. It’s been fun so far.

 

Spencer: Was this something that you knew right away you’d play in if you were invited?

 

Robinson: Oh yeah. I knew right away.

 

Spencer: What is it about the Senior Bowl that is so appealing to you?

 

Robinson: It’s (read more…)

Interview: Jimmy Graham

February 15, 2010

 

A one year wonder or the next Antonio Gates? That’s what scouts are wondering as they break down the tape of Miami tight end Jimmy Graham. A former basketball player, Graham only played his senior season for the Hurricanes but produced at a relatively high level. At just under 6’7″, Graham is a huge target and he feels that his best aspect is his ability to catch the ball in the red zone. Jimmy talked to me about working out with Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens and how that helped his play as well as what he’s trying to show scouts while at the Senior Bowl.

 

Spencer: With all the extra fan attention around Tebow this week, has it been a distraction at all?

 

Graham: No, not at all. Whenever you go to college at Miami, you kind of learn to ignore all the distractions (read more…)

Interview: Danario Alexander

February 14, 2010

 

A physically imposing player at 6’4 5/8″ and 221 lbs, Danario Alexander led the nation in receiving yards for 2009. The Senior Bowl was his opportunity to show the NFL that he could play with the big boys. Unfortunately, an injury slowed him down at the end of the week and he wasn’t able to shine in the game as he would have hoped. What stood out most to me while watching Alexander during practice was just how hard he was working. I could tell that Danario was doing everything possible to make his routes crisper and he wasn’t afraid to put his body on the line for passes. I sat down with Danario early in the week at the Senior Bowl and we talked about what he wanted to show in Mobile and what players he hopes to emulate once he’s in the league.

 

Spencer: Overall, (read more…)

Interview: Jared Odrick

February 14, 2010

 

Versatility is the word that comes to mind when I watch Jared Odrick play. Odrick showed throughout his career at Penn State that he can be a disruptive force along the defensive line and he displayed the ability to line up as a 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end while at the Senior Bowl. Jared and I talked about where he fits in best in the NFL and how he found out about his Senior Bowl invitation. Read below for the transcript of our conversation.

 

Spencer: So far, how’s your Senior Bowl experience been?

 

Odrick: It’s been good. Busy. With all the testing, interviews and practice. But it’s been an experience so far.

 

Spencer: Have you had a chance to sit down with any NFL teams yet?

 

Odrick: Yeah, yeah. Quite a few.

 

Spencer: What’s the oddest thing the scouts (read more…)

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