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.

Rookie Reviews: Week 8

November 3, 2009

The final scores are in the books and Draft Breakdown is here to update you on how some of the top rookies in the 2009 draft performed in week 8 of the NFL season. Michael Oher – OT – Ravens The subject of the book and new movie “The Blind Side” is quietly having a great season. In fact, Peter King recently commented via Twitter that his two top choices for OROY are Minnesota’s Percy Harvin and Michael Oher. This week, Oher went face to face with current NFL sack leader, Elvis Dumervil, and allowed no sacks. This isn’t the first game of the season Oher has faced tremendous pass rushers. Two weeks ago he faced the Vikings Jared Allen while filling it at left tackle for the injured Jared Gaither. Oher has also faced off against Bengals DE Antwan Odom and Cleveland OLB Kamerion Wimbley. Later in the season, (read more…)

Nebraska’s Suh cited for traffic violations

November 1, 2009

Nebraska’s star DT Ndamukong Suh was cited for negligent driving after he hit 3 parked cars in Lincoln. Suh was reportedly given a breathalizer test, showing a .035 blood-alcohol level, which is below the legal limit of .08. No injuries were reported in the incident. More on the story can be found via the Associated Press website.

Interview: Perrish Cox

October 30, 2009

Perrish Cox

CB – Oklahoma State Senior 6’0″ 195 lbs


One player who is quietly moving up draft boards right now is Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox. With a great combination of size and speed, and the versatility to play defense and return kicks, Cox certainly has first round potential. Perrish took a few moments of his time to talk about his game, Dez Bryant, his plans for the Senior Bowl and his strong connection to his family.


Spencer: What’s your current height and weight and most recent 40 time?


Cox: My height is 6’0″ even. My weight is 195. My last 40 was 4.38.


Spencer: You’re not only a solid defender but also a talented return man. Which do you look forward to most on game day?


Cox: Both actually. I just like to get out there on the field.


Spencer: Describe your (read more…)

Defensive Player of the Week: DeAndre McDaniel

October 29, 2009

DeAndre McDaniel

S – Clemson Junior

Junior safety DeAndre McDaniel has received the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week award. McDaniel led the Clemson defense to an overtime victory over #8 Miami. DeAndre finished the game with seven tackles and two interceptions, one of which was returned 23 yards for a touchdown. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 7. Last season, Texas DE Brian Orakpo was the recipient of the end of season award.

Small School Spotlight: Week 8

October 27, 2009

Every week, Draft Breakdown will bring you three standout players from “small” schools. We’ll cover a player from Division 1-AA, Division II and Division III. Here are this weeks spotlight players.

Division I-AA

Armanti Edwards QB – Appalachian State Senior 6’1″ 184 lbs

Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards was all over the field this week against Georgia Southern. Edwards accounted for almost 400 yards of total offense as he was a passing and rushing threat. The senior finished the game going 26 of 34 for 320 yards, 3 TDs and zero interceptions, and ran the ball 6 times for 61 yards in the victory.

Division II

Quintez Smith DB – Shaw Senior 6’1″ 187 lbs

Senior defensive back Quintez Smith continues to have an impressive season as he dominates opposing offenses. Smith grabbed an interception against Livingstone, but it just happens to be his (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 7

October 27, 2009

The final scores are in the books and Draft Breakdown is here to update you on how some of the top rookies in the 2009 draft performed in week 7 of the NFL season. Michael Crabtree – WR – 49ers In his first career game, Crabtree actually made an impact for the 49ers. The 2nd WR taken in the 2009 draft ended the game with 5 catches for 56 yards in the loss to Houston. Part of the reason Crabtree held out was because he felt he was better than Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was drafted a few spots before him. Interestingly enough, Crabtree had more receptions in this game than Heyward-Bey has for the entire season (4). Patrick Chung – S – Patriots The former Oregon Duck continued his strong play this week in London vs. Tampa Bay. Chung recorded 4 tackles in the win, and also made his first (read more…)

O’Brien award semi-finalists announced

October 26, 2009

From the FWAA 10-26-09 FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 26, 2009) – The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O’Brien) announced today its 2009 O’Brien Semifinalist List. Narrowed down from all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks, the list highlights 15 individuals who will vie for the oldest and most prestigious award honoring the nation’s best college quarterback. The 2009 O’Brien Semifinalists represent schools from the following conferences: ACC (1), Big East (2), Big Ten (2), Big 12 (3), Conference USA (1), Independent (1), Mid-American (1), Pac-10 (2), SEC (1) and the WAC (1).

2009 O’Brien Semifinalists

Matt Barkley FR USC Pac-10 Daryll Clark SR Penn State Big Ten Jimmy Clausen JR Notre Dame Independent Jacory Harris SO Miami ACC Case Keenum JR Houston Conference USA Dan LeFevour SR Central Michigan Mid-American Jake Locker JR Washington Pac-10 Colt McCoy SR Texas Big 12 Kellen Moore SO Boise State WAC (read more…)

Week 9 matchups to watch

October 26, 2009

#5 USC at #10 Oregon

Everyone knows who the stars are for the Trojans, but I’m more interested in seeing the battle of the Tight Ends.

For the Ducks, Ed Dickson (6’5″ 243lb Senior) has been having a solid season thus far. He’s pulled in 27 catches and 4 touchdowns for Oregon. Dickson had a huge game against Cal a few weeks back, racking up 3 touchdowns and 148 receiving yards. Dickson isn’t as big as you’d like, but he’s more of a receiving tight end, who also plays special teams. Word is, Dickson is ridiculously strong in the weight room, but doesn’t show it as a blocker on the field. Right now, Dickson is rated right around the other tight end that will be playing in this game.

Anthony McCoy (6’5″ 250lb Senior) has yet to break out this year as a receiver, (read more…)

Top QBs failing to impress

October 25, 2009

With only a few games left in the college football season, it’s time to start looking towards the NFL draft. Many were excited at the start of the season due to what could be an impressive and very large quarterback class. The senior class already had big names like Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow generating plenty of hype, but when you add underclassmen like Sam Bradford and Jevan Snead, draft analysts had plenty to watch for. As the season has progressed, the performance of the draft eligible quarterbacks has been underwhelming. In fact, the play of freshman and sophomore quarterbacks like USC’s Matt Barkley, Michigan’s Tate Forcier and Miami’s Jacory Harris have been more impressive to date. So what happened to the big name quarterbacks? The first logical place to look is with the defending National Champions, the Florida Gators. Quarterback Tim Tebow is a living legend for college football (read more…)

Bradford to enter NFL draft after surgery

October 25, 2009

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is to have season ending shoulder surgery on Wednesday and is expected not to return for his senior season. Bradford, regarded as a potential #1 overall pick, will address the media on Monday evening and is expected to announce his decision to enter the NFL draft. More information on this story can be found at ESPN.com. Draft Breakdown will have follow-up analysis of Bradford’s decision, and what impact it may or may not have on his draft status.

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