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.

Jevan Snead to enter NFL Draft

January 7, 2010

Jevan Snead

QB – Ole Miss Junior 6’3″ 220 lbs

Reports are indicating that Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead will pass up his senior season to enter the 2010 NFL Draft. All we have to say is, why? Snead came into the 2009 college football season a hot name after a tremendous sophomore season, but his junior year has been, to be nice, less than stellar. Snead struggled in most games this year and with two big name junior QBs already declaring for the draft (Bradford and Clausen), most thought that Snead would stay for his senior season. Snead has an awful lot to prove if he wants to climb draft boards over the next few months. I’d rate him as a 3rd round draft pick as of right now. I am, however, curious as to what rating the NFL Draft Advisory Board gave Snead to influence his decision. (read more…)

Aaron Hernandez declares for NFL Draft

January 7, 2010

Aaron Hernandez

TE – Florida Junior 6’2″ 252 lbs

Florida’s star tight end made it official today and declared for the 2010 NFL Draft. Hernandez had a tremendous junior season and was the leading receiver for the Gators and a favorite target of quarterback Tim Tebow. While the talent of Hernandez can’t be ignored, he is graded to be a second round pick, and possibly the second tight end drafted after Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham, even though Gresham missed his senior season with a knee injury.

Bryan Bulaga declares for NFL Draft

January 7, 2010

Bryan Bulaga

OT – Iowa Junior 6’6″ 315 lbs

Star left tackle Bryan Bulaga announced that he will pass up his senior season to enter the 2010 NFL Draft. Bulaga, the Big-10′s Offensive Lineman of the Year, is slated to be a first round pick. He’ll be competing with other junior offensive tackles Anthony Davis of Rutgers and Bruce Campbell of Maryland to be the first underclassmen tackle off the board.

Jason Pierre-Paul declares for NFL Draft

January 7, 2010

Jason Pierre-Paul

DE – South Florida Junior 6’5″ 263 lbs

South Florida stand out defensive end has declared for the NFL Draft. Pierre-Paul is a physically talented, but a bit raw as a football player. Jason was a transfer from a junior college to South Florida and out played fellow defensive end George Selvie this season. Due to his tremendous physical abilities and an outstanding season, Pierre-Paul will more than likely be a first round pick in April.

Dominique Franks to enter NFL Draft

January 5, 2010

Dominique Franks

CB – Oklahoma Junior 6’0″ 192 lbs

ESPN’s Joe Schad is reporting that Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks is entering the NFL Draft. Franks initially said that he would return for the 2010 season, but has changed his mind. Franks is a very solid corner and could possibly be the second cornerback taken after Florida’s Joe Haden. Due to the talent along the defensive line this season, the 2nd corner taken in the draft might not be until the end of round one, or possibly round two. We’ll have a full scouting report of Franks up soon.

Thaddeus Gibson to enter NFL Draft

January 5, 2010

Thaddeus Gibson

DE – Ohio State Junior 6’2″ 240 lbs

ESPN is reporting that Ohio State defensive end Thaddeus Gibson is declaring for the NFL Draft. Gibson has played both outside linebacker and most recently, defensive end for the Buckeyes. His size is better suited for a 3-4 OLB in the NFL or possibly a 4-3 OLB. Given his recent play as a pass rusher, expect Gibson to be worked out as a 3-4 OLB in drills.

Traded draft picks

January 5, 2010

If you’re making your own mock draft, you should know what teams have extra draft picks from previous trades. Listed below are the traded picks that will affect the 2010 NFL Draft.

Round 1

Broncos have Bears Round 1 selection (Jay Cutler) Seahawks have Broncos’ Round 1 selection (2009 draft day trade) 49ers have Panthers’ Round 1 selection (2009 draft day trade)

Round 2

Chiefs have Falcons’ Round 2 selection (Tony Gonzalez) Patriots have Jaguars’ Round 2 selection (2009 draft day trade) Patriots have Titans’ Round 2 selection (2009 draft day trade) Bucs have Bears’ Round 2 selection (Gaines Adams)

Round 3

Eagles have Seahawks’ Round 3 selection (2009 draft day trade) Redskins has no Round 3 selection after taking Jeremy Jarmon in 2009 supplemental draft Raiders have Patriots’ Round 3 selection (Derrick Burgess) Browns have a conditional Round 3 selection from Jets (Braylon Edwards – could (read more…)

Reshad Jones to enter NFL Draft

January 4, 2010

Reshad Jones

SS – Georgia Junior 6’2″ 215 lbs

ESPN is reporting that Georgia safety Reshad Jones will declare for the NFL Draft tomorrow in a teleconference. Jones, a 6’2″ 215 lb junior has incredible size for a safety and has decent to speed to match. Jones stated that his teleconference will also include Georgia OLB Rennie Curran and that he believes he will also declare for the draft. Jones is a possible 2nd round selection at this point.

Jimmy Clausen to have surgery

January 4, 2010

Jimmy Clausen

QB – Notre Dame Junior 6’3″ 223 lbs

Former Notre Dame quarterback and perhaps the top rated QB in the 2010 NFL Draft, Jimmy Clausen will undergo surgery to fix torn ligaments in his right big toe this week. The injury reportedly occurred sometime in Septemeber, which means Clausen played almost the entire season with the injury. According to reports, Clausen will be unable to workout for 2-3 months, but will throw for scouts in April. This means Clausen will miss the NFL Scouting Combine and will be relying on private workouts for NFL teams. We’ll monitor this situation to see if it will have any effect on Clausen’s draft stock. Lucky for Clausen, the other top rated QB available, Sam Bradford, is also coming off a surgery that has kept him from working out.

Navorro Bowman to enter NFL Draft

January 4, 2010

Navorro Bowman

LB – Penn State Junior 6’1″ 231 lbs

According to multiple sources, Penn State outside linebacker Navorro Bowman is declaring for the 2010 NFL Draft. Bowman is possibly the best 4-3 outside linebacker prospect in the draft and a sure-fire first round pick. While he’s had some off-field issues, it won’t be enough to make him drop on draft day.

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