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.


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.

Explanation of Player Grading System

January 4, 2010

We at Draft Breakdown have come up with our own unique scoring system to rank draft prospects. Each player is evaluated using the below listed categories in order to determine overall rank and value. All players are evaluated with basic categories and then evaluated with position specific categories. Each category is assigned a numerical value, some of which are worth more than others to show importance. It is also important to note that scores are only for those particular positions. For example, an offensive tackle may get a rating of 7.5 for speed, but that does not mean that he is faster than running backs with a score of 6.5. Scores are totally subjective to the individual position of the player. Once the scores are averaged, here is how we determine what round the player grades:

7.8 – 8.0 Perennial Pro-Bowl type player 7.5 – 7.79 Top 10 pick (read more…)

Joe Haden to enter NFL Draft

January 3, 2010

Joe Haden

CB – Florida Junior 5’11” 191 lbs

Florida CB Joe Haden announced today that he’ll pass up his senior season to enter the 2010 NFL Draft. Haden is the top cornerback prospect of this class and a probable top 10-15 pick. With a good blend of size and speed, Haden is expected to out-perform every other cornerback prospect at the NFL Combine. There are even reports that Haden has run a sub 4.3 40 yard dash and completed over 25 repetitions of 225 lbs on the bench press.

Jahvid Best to go pro

January 2, 2010

Jahvid Best

RB – California Junior 5’9″ 198 lbs

Add another hot name to the declared underclassmen list. Cal running back Jahvid Best has decided to enter the NFL Draft. Best is an exciting back to watch and a threat to score whenever he touches the ball. Best was hampered this year with a back/head injury that looked worse than it probably was. However, we expect Best to be a late first round pick, depending on team needs at the end of the round.

Scouting Report: CJ Spiller

January 1, 2010

C.J. Spiller

Position: RB School: Clemson Height: 5’10 5/8" Weight: 196 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.37 Overall Grade: 7.11 Draft Projection: 1st round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

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

Running Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Between the tackles 8 5 Outside the tackles 8 7.5 Receiving 6 5.5 Ball carrying 8 7.5 Vision 10 10 Elusiveness 8 8 Pass Blocking 8 6 Leg Drive 8 5.5 Break Tackle 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

An unusually shifty and quick running back. Spiller can hit the outside against most defenders and uses his quickness to (read more…)

Scouting Report: Taylor Mays

January 1, 2010

Taylor Mays

Position: Safety School: USC Height: 6’3 1/8" Weight: 230 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.31 Overall Grade: 6.74 Draft Projection: 1st/2nd round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 8 Quickness/Agility 10 9 Strength/Explosion 10 9.5 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 8 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7.5 Potential 10 10

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 5.5 Man Coverage 10 6.5 Zone Coverage 10 7 Tackling 6 4.5 Run Stopping 6 4.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 5 Physicality 6 5.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Displays rare combination of size and speed. Mays has the range to cover the field like a pro free safety but the size and physicality to hit like a strong safety. Does a good job breaking (read more…)

Eric Berry declares for NFL Draft

January 1, 2010

Eric Berry

S – Tennessee Junior 5’11” 203 lbs

According to ESPN.com, junior phenom Eric Berry is passing up on his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. Berry is rated by most as a top 3 overall prospect and by far the best defensive back in the country. His versatility and combination of size and speed make him a force to be reckoned with for every offense. What I like most about Berry is not just his ability to cover a huge amount of ground, but his willingness to tackle and make the big hit. It’s not every day that a play maker of Berry’s level enters the NFL Draft. Comparisons to Ed Reed aren’t far off. He’ll clearly be a stud at the next level.

Brian Price to enter NFL Draft

December 30, 2009

Brian Price

DT – UCLA Junior 6’2″ 300 lbs

According to College Football Talk, UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price will be declaring for the NFL Draft. After the Bruins bowl victory over Temple, Price told reporters his intentions to declare for the draft. Price became a hot name in the draft community this season as his combination of size and speed make him a disruptive force in the trenches. Price led the nation with 22 tackles for a loss and was named the Pac-10 defensive player of the year. We have Price listed as a sure-fire first round draft pick and would normally go much higher in the draft if it wasn’t for the incredible talent at the defensive tackle position in this year’s NFL Draft. Price has the tools to go anywhere from the late teens to mid-twenties in the first round.

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