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.


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…)

Interview: Dan Williams

February 14, 2010

 

No interior defensive lineman helped themselves as much during the Senior Bowl as Dan Williams of Tennessee. Williams showed the strength and versatility to play several spots along the defensive line which will probably land him somewhere in the late first round on draft day. I had the chance to talk to Dan after practice early in the week. Here’s the transcript of that conversation.

 

Spencer: What are you initial impressions of the Senior Bowl?

 

Williams: First thing, I was just excited to be here. It’s just a huge honor, just being invited. There’s been a lot of great players here before me and I want to try to keep up with the tradition that the Senior Bowl has of sending guys to the next level.

 

Spencer: Has there been anything in particular the coaches have had you working on?

 

Williams: Just (read more…)

2010 Senior Bowl Photos – Game Day

February 7, 2010

*Photos by Mark Rutkowski*

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2010 Senior Bowl Photos – Friday

February 7, 2010

*Photos by Mark Rutkowski*

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Texas vs. The Nation practice reviews

February 6, 2010

Our friends at Draft Guys are providing outstanding coverage of the Texas vs. The Nation game LIVE from El Paso, Texas. Since we couldn’t make both the Senior Bowl and the TvN game, we’ll bring you some highlights of Draft Guys coverage of the practices and game. Wednesday’s practice was cut short by the weather, as the rain and wind were whipping around the field in El Paso. The players did not scrimmage as they usually do on Wednesday, so let’s review the week of practice from the Texas vs the Nation game.

Risers

These are players who helped their draft stock in El Paso. Ryan Perrilloux(QB – Jacksonville State, LSU transfer) is very athletic, but scouts loved the way he threw the football in practice. Perrilloux proved that he could scan the field while dropping back, and was very coachable during the week. He’s arguably the (read more…)

Texas vs. The Nation: Nation Roster

February 6, 2010

Quarterbacks Jonathon Crompton – Tennessee Tim Hiller – Western Michigan Rusty Smith – Florida Atlantic

Running backs Toney Baker – North Carolina State Dominique Lindsay – East Carolina Mike Rinfrette – Wake Forest Alfonso Smith – Kentucky Curtis Steele – Memphis Chris Zardas – UMass

Wide Receivers Marcus Easley – Connecticut Brett Hamlin – Buffalo Donald Jones – Youngstown State Scott Long – Louisville Preston Parker – North Alabama Juamorris Stewart – Southern

Tight Ends Dedrick Epps – Miami Jason Harmon – Florida Atlantic Steve Maneri – Temple

Offensive Linemen Eddie Adamski – Northern Illinois Will Barker – Virginia Zipp Duncan – Kentucky Tyler Eastman – Maine Derek Hardman – Eastern Kentucky Joe Hawley – UNLV Kyle Jolly – North Carolina Dennis Landolt – Penn State Jerail McCuler – North Carolina State Vladimir Richard – Tennessee Jared Veldheer – Hillsdale

Defensive Linemen Alex Daniels – (read more…)

Texas vs. The Nation: Texas Roster

February 6, 2010

Quarterbacks Levi Brown – Troy Thaddeus Lewis – Duke Ryan Perrilloux – Jacksonville State Running backs AJ Cooley – Shorter College Keithon Flemming – West Texas A&M Trindon Holliday – LSU Deji Karim – Southern Illinois Jamie McCoy – Texas A&M Dennis Morris – Louisiana Tech Wide Receivers David Gettis – Baylor Kevin Jurovich – San Jose State Zurial “Jeff” Moturi – UTEP David Nelson – Florida Jared Perry – Missouri Kelton Tindal – Newberry (SC) Stephen Williams – Toledo Tight Ends Clay Harbor – Missouri State Gerald Harris – Ole Miss Offensive Linemen Michael Aguayo – UTEP Chris Campbell – Eastern Illinois Erik Cook – New Mexico Ramon Harewood – Morehouse Nick Howell – USC Casey Knips – South Dakota State Andrew Lewis – Oklahoma State Kevin Matthews – Texas A&M Nic Richmond – TCU J’Marcus Webb – West Texas A&M Marlon Winn – Texas Tech Defensive Linemen Charles (read more…)

Senior Bowl Blog: Final Stock Report

February 6, 2010

After the full week of practices and the game, here’s a look at some of the folks that helped, or hurt their draft stock with their performance at the Senior Bowl.

 

Stock UP

 

Dexter McCluster – RB/WR – Ole Miss McCluster showed his versatility this week, returning kicks, lining up as a slot receiver, running back and even taking snaps from a Wild Cat formation. McCluster showed that he’s an explosive playmaker and his size isn’t as much of a concern as folks may have initially thought.

 

J.D. Walton – C – Baylor Walton did a tremendous job in line drills this week, holding his own against a strong group of interior defensive lineman like Terrence Cody and Dan Williams. Walton emerged as the top senior center in this draft, in my opinion.

 

Dan LeFevour – QB – Central Michigan The biggest question around LeFevour was (read more…)

Interview: Brandon Graham

February 4, 2010

 

Probably the best player at the Senior Bowl practices and in the game, Michigan DE/OLB Brandon Graham was a force on the field. Graham won the Senior Bowl MVP award after recording two sacks and a forced fumble in the dominate win for the North team. I had a chance to talk to Brandon a few times during the week. Here’s the first transcript of our first conversation.

 

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

 

Graham: The tempo is fast and I expected it. That’s all I’ve been practicing for. I feel like I did good today. I was kind of sad because one of my boys, O’Brien Schofield, tore his knee up today. So he won’t be participating no more. I talked to him for a minute and told him that I’m gonna keep him in my prayers and I’ll keep going (read more…)

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