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.


Darius Nall nominated for Courage Award

October 14, 2009

Darius Nall

DE – Central Florida Redshirt Sophomore

From the Football Writers Association of America DALLAS (FWAA) – Central Florida’s Darius Nall is the weekly nominee for the 2009 FedEx Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award, to be announced at the end of the season. Nall, a sophomore defensive end from Douglasville, Ga., has overcome cancer that required three surgeries, the last to remove a baseball-sized tumor from his chest. Nall was honored as one of Conference USA’s best freshmen in 2007, but was diagnosed during the summer of 2008 with cancer. He underwent surgery on July 9, 2008, to remove the mass. The procedure was followed by radiation therapy. Nall was declared a cancer survivor last November. He returned to football last spring. “I don’t take anything for granted anymore,” he told Florida Today. “Not even life in general. As for football, this is what I do best. I’m (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 4

October 8, 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 4 of the NFL season. Matthew Stafford – QB – Lions Stafford seems to get better each week. This week, he was able to play well against an aggressive Bears defense. Stafford finished the game going 24 of 36 for 296 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The QB suffered a knee injury towards the end of the game and is questionable for week 5. Johnny Knox – WR – Bears Once again, Knox is showing his talent. While he didn’t have a huge day as a wide receiver, he did return a kickoff 102 for a touchdown. Apparently, Devin Hester isn’t the only solid return man in Chicago. Alex Mack – C – Browns Even in the loss, the Browns (read more…)

Michael Crabtree signs contract…finally

October 7, 2009

Per Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network, former Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree has finally signed a contract with the San Fransisco 49ers. The contract is reportedly a 6 year deal in which the last year can be voided if Crabtree meets certain requirements in his play. The terms of the contract have yet to be revealed, but with San Fransisco winning without Crabtree, odds are the total guaranteed money is the same as was originally offered. To read the entire report from Jason LaCanfora, Click here. UPDATE: Terms appear to be 6 years $32 million with $17 million guaranteed.

Defensive Player of the Week: Rolando McClain

October 7, 2009

Rolando McClain

ILB – Alabama Junior

Rolando McClain has received the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the week award. McClain came up huge for the Crimson Tide against Kentucky, racking up 12 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, and 1 pass deflection that led to an interception. McClain’s three forced turnovers (1 FF, 1 INT, 1 deflection leading to INT) each led to touchdowns, resulting in 21 of Alabama’s 38 total points. 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.

QB of the Week: Jimmy Clausen

October 5, 2009

Jimmy Clausen

QB – Notre Dame Junior

The Davey O’Brien award has named Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen as the Quarterback of the Week. Clausen led the Fighting Irish to a last second victory in overtime against Washington this week. Clausen finished the game 23 of 31 for 422 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. The Notre Dame/Washington matchup was a marquee QB matchup of the week, as Clausen took on Washington QB Jake Locker. Other quarterbacks receiving votes this week included: Jacory Harris – Miami (SO), Case Keenum – Houston (RsJR), Josh Nesbitt – Georgia Tech (JR), Aaron Opelt – Toledo (SR), Tyrod Taylor – Virginia Tech (JR), and Tony Pike – Cincinnati (SR). The O’Brien honors the nation’s best college quarterback of the year. Each week a subset of The O’Brien Selection Committee will name the quarterback of the week who exemplifies the award’s standards. Currently (read more…)

Small School Spotlight: Week 5

October 5, 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

Paul Roberts QB – Mississippi Valley State Senior 6’2″ 196 lbs

Senior quarterback Paul Roberts had an amazing game for the MVSU Delta Devils this week. In a 61-6 beat-down of Texas College, Roberts led the offense with 5 touchdowns. The QB finished the game 24 of 35 for 329 yards, 5 TDs and 1 INT, adding 4 rushes for 32 yards in the victory

Division II

Joique Bell RB – Wayne State RS Senior 6’0″ 223 lbs

Senior running back Joique Bell helped lead Wayne State on a come from behind victory this week over Ashland. Trailing 33-20 at halftime, Bell came out in the 2nd half on fire. Joique (read more…)

Small School Spotlight: Week 4

September 30, 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

Taiwan Jones RB – Eastern Washington RS-Sophomore 6’1″ 200 lbs

Sophomore running back Taiwan Jones led the charge for the Eastern Washington Eagles this week against Sacramento State. Jones ran all over Sacramento’s defense, carrying the ball 15 times for 190 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jones also added 1 catch for 20 yards in the 56-30 win. Jones originally played cornerback for the Eagles, but made the transition to running back during the spring practices.

Division II

DeRante Hunter QB – Charleston Junior 5’9″ 175 lbs

Junior quarterback DeRante Hunter dominated this week against Shepherd University. Hunter showed his versatility and athleticism, rushing the ball 24 times for 115 yards and (read more…)

Jermaine Gresham passes on red shirt

September 29, 2009

Jermaine Gresham

TE – Oklahoma Senior

After a season ending knee injury, many wondered in Jermaine Gresham would take a medical red shirt to play another season at Oklahoma. According to The Oklahoman, Gresham will be taking his chances in the 2010 NFL Draft instead. Gresham is hands down the best TE prospect in the coming draft and while the injury should drop him some, he could still be the first TE off the board.

Defensive Player of the Week: Pat Angerer

September 29, 2009

Pat Angerer

LB – Iowa Senior

Pat Angerer has received the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the week award. Angerer led the Hawkeye’s defense to a second straight victory against #5 ranked Penn State. The senior LB racked up 14 tackles and caused two turnovers. Angerer intercepted a Daryl Clark pass, returning it for 38 yards and also caused a fumble in the 4th quarter during a Penn State red zone possession. 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.

QB of the week: Case Keenum

September 28, 2009

Case Keenum

QB – Houston RS Junior

The Davey O’Brien award has named Houston QB Case Keenum as the Quarterback of the Week. Keenum led Houston in a come from behind victory against Texas Tech this week. Keenum finished the game 38 of 58 for 435 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The Cougars QB also rushed 8 times for 27 yards, including the game-winning 4 yard rush for a touchdown. Houston climbed the rankings this week, reaching #12 in the AP Poll. Other quarterbacks receiving votes this week included: Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame (JR), BJ Daniels – South Florida (RsFR), Blaine Gabbert – Missouri (SO), Jeremiah Masoli – Oregon (JR), Colt McCoy – Texas (SR), Todd Reesing – Kansas (SR), Greg McElroy – Alabama (JR), Tim Tebow – Florida (SR) and Tony Pike – Cincinnati (SR). The O’Brien honors the nation’s best college quarterback of the (read more…)

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