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.

Final declared underclassmen list

January 17, 2010

Friday, January 15th was the final day for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft. Some thought that Washington QB Jake Locker would change his mind and decide to declare. However, the deadline came and went. Here’s a final list of what underclassmen declared for the NFL Draft. We’ll be adding all of these players to our rankings in the coming days. Quarterbacks Sam Bradford – Oklahoma Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame Jevan Snead – Ole Miss

Running Backs Toney Baker – North Carolina State Jahvid Best – California Jonathan Dwyer – Georgia Tech Darius Marshall – Marshall Ryan Mathews – Fresno State Joe McKnight – USC Shawnbrey McNeal – SMU

Wide Receivers Chris Bell – Norfolk State Arrelious Benn – Illinois Dezmon Briscoe – Kansas Antonio Brown – Central Michigan Dez Bryant – Oklahoma State Mico McSwain – North Alabama Carlton Mitchell – South Florida Golden Tate (read more…)

Shrine Game Preview

January 15, 2010

Every year in January, draft season officially kicks off with the start of the college all-star games. The first of the two major all-star games is the East-West Shrine game. While the premier talent usually plays at the Under Armour Senior Bowl, the Shrine Game still has a lot to offer.

This season, there are a few notable players on the Shrine Game rosters that didn’t receive invitations to the Senior Bowl, which is leaving some scratching their heads. The most notable of these players is Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy. Coming into the season, Hardy was highly regarded as the top senior defensive end in the nation. With a season ending injury, he plummeted down draft boards. Hardy certainly has the talent to hold his own amoung the best in the country, but he’ll have to settle for the Shrine Game at first. If he takes advantage (read more…)

Mock Draft v.30

January 13, 2010

We continue our quest to bring you weekly mock drafts! After numerous juniors declared, it was time to re-evaluate. Please use the comments to share your opinion on what we picked for your team! Mock Draft v3.0

Rolando McClain to enter NFL Draft

January 11, 2010

Rolando McClain

ILB – Alabama Junior 6’3″ 245 lbs

Fresh off a BCS Championship, linebacker Rolando McClain announced today that he will pass up his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft. McClain is considered to be the best inside linebacker prospect in the draft and should expect to hear his name called in the top 10-15 picks this season.

Morgan, Dwyer and Burnett declare for draft

January 11, 2010

Derrick Morgan

DE – Georgia Tech Junior 6’4″ 268 lbs

A big day for the Georgia Tech football program as three of their starters announced that they will not be returning for their senior year and will enter the NFL Draft. Derrick Morgan is possibly the most talented defensive end in the draft and a sure-fire first round draft pick. Morgan should be the first defensive end off the board and is a possible top 10 pick. Jonathan Dwyer is a fringe first round running back at this point, but possesses a solid combination of size and strength. Safety Morgan Burnett has the physical tools to be successful at the next level, but will probably not hear his name called until the end of round two, or possibly round three.

Carlos Dunlap declares for draft

January 11, 2010

Carlos Dunlap

DE – Florida Junior 6’5″ 293 lbs

After leaving us on pins and needles, Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap officially declared for the NFL Draft today. The junior saw his stock drop a little this year after a DUI incident led to him missing the SEC Championship game. Dunlap can still expect to hear his name called in the first round on draft day and is bound to impress NFL scouts at the Combine.

Shrine Game: West Roster

January 11, 2010

Return to Shrine Game Coverage Page Quarterbacks Max Hall – BYU Matt Nichols – Eastern Washington Todd Reesing – Kansas

Running Backs Chris Brown – Oklahoma Lonyae Miller – Fresno State Ryan Moya – FB – UCLA Keith Toston – Oklahoma State

Wide Receivers Seyi Ajirotutu – Fresno State Kerry Meier – Kansas David Reed – Utah Emmanuel Sanders – Southern Methodist Jordan Sisco – Regina Verran Tucker – California

Tight Ends Riar Geer – Colorado Nathan Overbay – Eastern Washington Dennis Pitta – BYU

Offensive Linemen Kenny Alfred – C – Washington State Zane Beadles – OT – Utah Jeff Byers – OG – USC Brandon Carter – OG – Texas Tech John Estes – C – Hawaii Chris Marinelli – OT – Stanford Marshall Newhouse – OT – Texas Christian Shelley Smith – OG – Colorado State Reggie Stephens – OG – Iowa (read more…)

Shrine Game: East Roster

January 11, 2010

Return to Shrine Game Coverage Page Quarterbacks Darryl Clark – Penn State Mike Kafka – Northwestern John Skelton – Fordham Running Backs Andre Anderson – Tulane Richard Dickson – FB – LSU Andre Dixon – Connecticut Javarris James – Miami

Wide Receivers Alric Arnett – West Virginia Freddie Barnes – Bowling Green Naaman Roosevelt – Buffalo Patrick Simonds – Colgate Blair White – Michigan State

Tight Ends Nate Byham – Pittsburgh Andrew Quarless – Penn State Ali Villanueva – Army

Offensive Linemen Thomas Austin – OG – Clemson Kyle Calloway – OT – Iowa Jim Cordle – C – Ohio State Kevin Haslam – OT – Rutgers Cord Howard – OG – Georgia Tech Matt Morencie – C – Windsor Mitch Petrus – OG – Arkansas Sergio Render – OG – Virginia Tech Rodger Saffold III – OT – Indiana Chris Scott – OT – Tennessee (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ndamukong Suh

January 10, 2010

Ndamukong Suh

Position: DT School: Nebraska Height: 6’3 7/8" Weight: 307 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.04 Overall Grade: 7.86 Draft Projection: Top 3 Pick

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

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

Defensive Line Specific Categories

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

Explanation of Player Grading System


This category could just say “everything” and it would be accurate. Suh is an amazing player with equal abilities to defend the run and rush the passer. Suh was even used to drop into coverage at times with Nebraska, (read more…)

Scouting Report: Brandon Spikes

January 10, 2010

Brandon Spikes

Position: ILB School: Florida Height: 6’2 7/8" Weight: 249 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.01 Overall Grade: 6.03 Draft Projection: Late 2nd round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 3 Quickness/Agility 10 6.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8.5 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 7 Character 6 3 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7.5 Potential 10 8

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 7 Coverage 8 5 Pass Rushing 8 6 Tackling 8 6.5 Instincts 8 7 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 4.5

Explanation of Player Grading System


Shows good instincts for an inside linebacker and does a good job with play recognition. Excellent in run support and can usually read blockers to see where the ball carrier will be going. Solid ability to flow to the ball when the (read more…)

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