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.


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.

Damian Williams to declare for NFL Draft

December 22, 2009

Damian Williams

WR – USC Junior 6’0″ 191 lbs

According to NFLDraftBible.com, USC Wide receiver is declaring for the NFL Draft. Williams has first round potential and falls in the the top 5 overall wide receivers for most people. Known for his pristine route running, Williams will most likely impress the scouts at the combine in the position drills. Williams is now competition for guys like Golden Tate, Arrelious Benn and Mardy Gilyard for who will be the second wide receiver taken in the 2010 NFL Draft. ***UPDATED*** It should be noted that as of the Emerald Bowl, Williams HAS NOT declared for the draft. This was apparently speculation on the part of NFL Draft Bible. While we expect Williams to declare after the outstanding bowl game performance, ESPN.com has reported that Williams has stated that he will announce his decision after going home to Arkansas to (read more…)

Ryan Mathews declares for NFL Draft

December 21, 2009

Ryan Matthews

RB – Fresno State Junior 5’10″ 220 lbs

NFL Draft Bible is reporting that Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews will declare for the NFL Draft. Mathews led the NCAA in rushing this season, but many haven’t heard of him. Mathews is a solid runner that can also catch out of the backfield, but playing at Fresno State is what has hurt his draft stock most. As of right now, we expect Mathews to be a fringe first round player with the Combine really deciding his draft position.

Donovan Warren declares for draft

December 21, 2009

Donavan Warren

CB – Michigan Junior 6’0″ 185 lbs

Add another top ranked junior to the declared underclassmen list. Michigan CB Donovan Warren has decided that he’s ready for the pros. With a relatively weak cornerback class, this makes a lot of sense for Warren. As of right now, Warren is probably a mid-2nd round pick, but could move into the top of round 2 with solid workouts.

Anthony Davis to enter NFL Draft

December 20, 2009

Anthony Davis

OT – Rutgers Junior 6’5″ 328 lbs

Rutgers offensive tackles Anthony Davis told the media that he will hold a press conference on Tuesday, December 22nd to announce his plans for the NFL. According to ESPN.com, Davis is expected to announce that he’ll skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. Davis is another tackle with solid size and maybe the best skill set in the draft. Though he could still use a little work on his fundamentals and technique, Davis should expect to be a first round draft pick when it’s all said and done.

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