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.


Spencer and Aloysius Joint 1 Round Mock – April 21st

April 21, 2011

Carolina Panthers

The draft is inching closer and stocks are rising and falling. Aaron Aloysius and I decided to get together for a different take on a mock draft. To keep each other guessing, we took turns making the picks as we moved along. I took the odd numbers and Aaron picked for the even numbers. Needless to say, things got interesting!

 

1. Carolina Panthers Marcell Dareus – DT – Alabama 

Spencer: I’m just not 100% convinced that the Panthers are, well, 100% convinced, that Newton is the guy for them. Rivera is a defensive minded head coach and missing on a #1 overall pick could set the franchise back even further. In this mock, they’re going the safe route. 2. Denver Broncos Patrick Peterson – CB – LSU 

Aloysius: While the Broncos would have loved to get Dareus here, they’ll be very happy to get am excellent consolation consolation (read more…)

Scouting Report: Cameron Heyward

April 17, 2011

Cameron Heyward

 

Position: DE School: Ohio State Height: 6’4 5/8" Weight: 294 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.95 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl (invite only) Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Cameron Heyward is one of the rare players in this draft that I would refer to as a “safe bet.” Sure, it’s easy to look at Heyward and say he possesses a solid combination of size, speed and strength, or point out his bloodlines, character and work ethic. At the end of the day, Cameron Heyward will be drafted due to the versatility he’ll be able to provide an NFL team. Ohio State did a terrific job of moving Heyward across the defensive line. In fact, Heyward lined up at both defensive tackle and both defensive end spots in a 4-3 alignment as well as lining up at both 5-technique defensive end spots (read more…)

Complete 2011 NFL Draft Order

April 8, 2011

List includes all compensatory picks.

 

Round 1 Pick (overall) Team 1 (1) Carolina Panthers 2 (2) Denver Broncos 3 (3) Buffalo Bills 4 (4) Cincinnati Bengals 5 (5) Arizona Cardinals 6 (6) Cleveland Browns 7 (7) San Francisco 49ers 8 (8) Tennessee Titans 9 (9) Dallas Cowboys 10 (10) Washington Redskins 11 (11) Houston Texans 12 (12) Minnesota Vikings 13 (13) Detroit Lions 14 (14) St. Louis Rams 15 (15) Miami Dolphins 16 (16) Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (17) New England Patriots (from Oakland) 18 (18) San Diego Chargers 19 (19) New York Giants 20 (20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 (21) Kansas City Chiefs 22 (22) Indianapolis Colts 23 (23) Philadelphia Eagles 24 (24) New Orleans Saints 25 (25) Seattle Seahawks 26 (26) Baltimore Ravens 27 (27) Atlanta Falcons 28 (28) New England Patriots 29 (29) Chicago Bears 30 (30) New York Jets 31 (31) Pittsburgh Steelers 32 (32) Green (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ryan Kerrigan

April 5, 2011

Ryan Kerrigan

 

Position: DE School: Purdue Height: 6’3 7/8" Weight: 267 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.71 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Kerrigan is exactly the type of football player that every defensive coach wants on their team. Consistent in all aspects of his game, Kerrigan has shown to be a hard worker on and off the field. For two years, Kerrigan ranked near the top of the nation in sacks, forced fumbles and tackles for a loss. The production is hard to ignore but Kerrigan hasn’t been exactly a ‘game-changing’ player. He may be the type of player that is very good at everything, but great at nothing, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Kerrigan is a high motor, high effort guy that is willing to do whatever his team needs him to do. I believe he (read more…)

Scouting Report: Julio Jones

April 5, 2011

Julio Jones

 

Position: WR School: Alabama Height: 6’2 3/4" Weight: 220 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.39 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

 

Summary

The argument of Julio Jones vs. AJ Green has been going on since the end of the college football season and quite frankly, it comes down to a matter of preference and team need. Jones is the complete package and has all the tools to become a Pro Bowl receiver in the NFL. Big, physical, excellent leaping ability and has a knack for making plays. Jones also surprised everyone with the a 4.39 40 yard dash at the Scouting Combine, which really boosted his draft stock. Jones has been compared to Anquan Boldin and his physical style of play warrants it. While he may not be as elusive as AJ Green, Julio Jones will still make whichever (read more…)

Scouting Report: Nick Fairley

April 5, 2011

Nick Fairley

 

Position: DT School: Auburn Height: 6’3 7/8" Weight: 291 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.87 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

 

Summary

You’d be hard pressed to find a more dominant interior defensive player in all of college football last year than Nick Fairley. The Auburn defensive tackle lined up against some very talented offensive lines in the SEC and was able to consistently make his presence felt. The problem is, Fairley only showed this kind of dominance in one year, which lead many to question if he is a ‘one year wonder.’ When you put on the film, Fairley pops right off the screen with his play. He consistently pressures the quarterback and set up shop in the backfield of just about every team he faced. It’s rare to find someone that is as big as Fairley that (read more…)

Da’Quan Bowers Pro Day – 2011

April 4, 2011

After much anticipation, Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers worked out for NFL scouts and personnel inside of Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. Bowers tore his right medial meniscus in week 10 of the college football season and after having surgery, was unable to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine or Clemson’s regular pro day event on March 10th. After early projections had Bowers going as high as the #1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, expectations were high.

 

Bowers took the field in front of a large group of NFL scouts and personnel, including Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff, Bills General Manager Buddy Nix, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Cleveland Browns defensive line coach Dwaine Board, Dolphins pass rush coach Bryan Cox and scouts from the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, St. (read more…)

North Carolina Pro Day – 2011

April 1, 2011

In what was possibly one of the biggest pro days in the 2011 NFL Draft, NFL personnel and tons of media gathered at The University of North Carolina today. Several players were participating today but the big names were defensive end Robert Quinn, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, wide receiver Greg Little, cornerback Kendric Burney, linebacker Quan Sturdivant and quarterback TJ Yates. Amidst the action were several high profile faces: Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Marinelli, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes, Cleveland Browns linebackers coach Bill Davis and New York Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann. Teams that I saw represented (read more…)

Draft Breakdown Debate: Ryan Lownes vs. Rob Engle

April 1, 2011

1. Which player will be the Carolina Panthers’ First Overall Pick?

 

RYAN: I have said it since January; I expect the Panthers will wind up taking Cam Newton with that first pick. They will surely consider Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert and Alabama Defensive Tackle Marcell Dareus, but in the end I believe the Heisman Trophy winner holds the edge. After taking Jimmy Clausen with their first pick (Second Round) a year ago, many will believe the Quarterback position already has its’ young heir. Unfortunately, the Notre Dame product proved himself to be mentally weak, ineffective as a passer, and he appears unlikely to have convinced the new coaching staff. A common misconception is that Clausen was a big investment for GM Marty Hurney, but in reality, he makes far less than $1 million a year. Additionally, the team publicly declared they would replace him if Andrew Luck were to enter this years’ draft.

 

So (read more…)

Scouting Report: Marcell Dareus

March 25, 2011

Marcell Dareus

 

Position: DT School: Alabama Height: 6’3 1/8" Weight: 319 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.93 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 5 Pick

 

Summary

Disruptive is the first word that comes to mind when watching Dareus play. Dareus possesses ideal size and weight for the defensive tackle position and he’s surprisingly nimble for a man his size. His first step isn’t as quick as other prospects but he’s relentless after the snap. Dareus has a knack for making plays when it matters most and playing in Alabama’s 3-4 defense gives him an added bonus of versatility that other prospects don’t have. He is probably best suited to play as a 1-gap DT but his combination of size and strength along with his experience in the 3-4 make him a potential 5-technique defensive end in the NFL. Dareus could potentially be the (read more…)

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