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.

Stafon Johnson to go pro

December 12, 2009

First USC Senior running back Stafon Johnson suffered a major throat injury in a weight lifting accident. Now he has decided that he won’t return for another year at USC and will enter the NFL Draft instead. Steve Wyche of NFL.com reports that Johnson could have taken a medical red shirt for his senior season and returned to USC as a 5th year Senior. However, after talking things over with USC Head Coach Pete Carroll, Johnson has decided that now is the time to make the transition to the NFL. Johnson currently sits at #13 in our running back rankings and will more than likely be a later round selection. He is reportedly hoping for an invitation to the Senior Bowl where he can show that he has fully recovered from his accident. If Johnson does attend, Draft Breakdown will be there to keep you up to speed at (read more…)

Suh wins Bronko Nagurski Award

December 7, 2009

Ndamukong Suh

DT – Nebraska Senior 6’3″ 295 lbs

This was a no-brainer. Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has won the Bronko Nagurski Award for the best defensive player in the country. Suh finished off his season with an outstanding and rather dominate performance against Texas in the Big 12 Championship game. Suh is one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy as well, which will be announced this weekend. Suh also holds the top spot as our #1 rated draft prospect.

Golden Tate to enter NFL Draft

December 7, 2009

Golden Tate

WR – Notre Dame Junior 5’11” 194 lbs

Just as expected, Golden Tate will announce today that he’ll enter the NFL Draft as well, according to a recent Twitter entry by Adam Schefter of ESPN. No surprise here. Head coach gone, starting quarterback gone, time for the star wide receiver to leave as well. Tate is projected as a first round draft pick at this point but due to his size, the combine will be very important.

Jimmy Clausen to enter NFL Draft

December 7, 2009

Jimmy Clausen

QB – Notre Dame Junior 6’3″ 223 lbs

Following the firing of Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, quarterback Jimmy Clausen has announced that he will skip his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft per ESPN.com. This is great news for draftniks as the senior class of quarterbacks has been anything but impressive this season. Both Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow played relatively poorly in their conference championship games, making way for Clausen to be the top rated quarterback in the draft at this point. Fans should expect Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate to also declare for the NFL Draft after his quarterback made this announcement.

BCS Bowl Games Announced

December 6, 2009

The BCS Bowl Game match ups were announced tonight and as expected, it’s Texas vs. Alabama for the National Championship. Here is a list of the other BCS Bowl Games. Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Ohio State Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Cincinnati Fiesta Bowl: TCU vs. Boise State Orange Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Iowa Gator Bowl: Florida State vs. West Virginia Capital One Bowl: Penn State vs. LSU Sun Bowl: Stanford vs. Oklahoma GMAC Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Troy Alamo Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Michigan State Papajohns.com Bowl: Connecticut vs. South Carolina International Bowl: South Florida vs. Northern Illinois Liberty Bowl: Arkansas vs. East Carolina Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Mississippi Outback Bowl: Northwestern vs. Auburn Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee Insight Bowl: Minnesota vs. Iowa State Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force vs. Houston Texas Bowl: Missouri vs. Navy Humanitarian Bowl: Idaho vs. Bowling Green Holiday Bowl: Nebraska vs. Arizona (read more…)

Declared Underclassmen

December 6, 2009

It’s the end of the college football season and what news is bigger for draftniks than what eligible underclassmen will declare for the draft. Draft Breakdown will bring keep a running list of the underclassmen that declare for the draft and once they declare, they’ll be added into the seniors in our rankings. The deadline for NCAA underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft is January 15, 2010 and players have 72 hours to change their minds. 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 McNeil – SMU

Wide Receivers Chris Bell – Norfolk State Arrelious Benn – Illinois Dezmon Briscoe – Kansas Antonio Brown – Central Michigan Dez Bryant (read more…)

Dezmon Briscoe to declare for NFL Draft

December 4, 2009

According to KUSports.com, Junior wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe is expected to enter the NFL Draft. Briscoe is expected to make the announcement at a press conference on Friday. At this point, Briscoe can expect to be a second round draft pick, but a strong combine performance could bump him up the draft boards of NFL teams. Some off field issues as well as inconsistency in the Kansas offense leaves question marks about Briscoe’s game.

Award finalists announced

November 29, 2009

Each year, the top college prospects hope to hear their name called at a few award ceremonies before they hear it called on draft day. Check out what awards your favorite prospects are up for. Bednarik Award – Best defensive player Terrence Cody – DT – Alabama Brandon Spikes – LB – Florida Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska ** WINNER ** Biletnikoff Award – Best wide receiver Freddie Barnes – WR – Bowling Green Jordan Shipley – WR – Texas Golden Tate – WR – Notre Dame ** WINNER ** Butkus Award – Best linebacker Sergio Kindle – LB – Texas Rolando McClain – LB – Alabama ** WINNER ** Eric Norwood – LB – South Carolina Brandon Spikes – LB – Florida Sean Weatherspoon – LB – Missouri William V. Campbell Award – Top scholar-athlete John Asamoah – G – Illinois Matt Bauman – LB – BYU Eric (read more…)

Greg Hardy breaks wrist, out for season

November 11, 2009

Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy will not play another down of college football. ESPN.com is reporting that Hardy reportedly injured his wrist earlier in the season and re-aggravated it against Arizona State last week. X-rays revealed that his wrist is broken and he will finish out the season on the sidelines. This isn’t the first major injury for Hardy. The defensive end had offseason foot surgery after his junior season when he decided not to declare for the NFL draft. The full story can be found at ESPN.com.

Syracuse WR Williams quits team

November 3, 2009

Mike Williams

WR – Syracuse Junior 6’2″ 204 lbs

The Big East’s leading WR, Mike Williams, quit the team today for undisclosed reasons. Speculation around the team is that Williams may have been facing another suspension, but details are unclear at this time. Williams had registered 49 catches for 746 yards and 6 touchdowns so far this season. This will certainly be a red flag for scouts and NFL personnel to examine closer as the draft process goes forward. More on this story can be found at ESPN.com.

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