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.

USC’s Stafon Johnson injured/has surgery

September 28, 2009

According to the LA Times, USC Senior running back Stafon Johnson severely injured his throat during a weight lifting accident today. Johnson reportedly was bench pressing and the bar slipped from his hand, falling onto his throat. Johnson was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. More information about the accident can be found on the LA Times website. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Johnson and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Rookies Missing in Action

September 28, 2009

Three weeks into the NFL season and some rookies are becoming standouts on their team. However, some first round draft picks have yet to make any kind of reasonable impact on their teams at all. Perhaps it’s too early to say that they won’t make an impact, but some certainly need to step it up…or at least get on the field. Jason Smith – OT – Rams: #2 Overall Smith missed the 3rd game of the season with an injury, but the Rams have been terrible on offense. After this week, they rank 28th overall in offense, have scored no rushing touchdowns and have allowed 5 total sacks. Tyson Jackson – DE – Chiefs: #3 Overall Jackson has registered just 2 total tackles in three games and the Chiefs have allowed 5 rushing touchdowns already this season. Andre Smith – OT – Bengals: #6 Overall After a bit of a (read more…)

Rookie Reviews: Week 3

September 28, 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 3 of the NFL season. Matthew Stafford – QB – Lions The stats weren’t phenomenal, but Stafford helped the Lions get a much more important stat; a win. The Lions broke a 19 game losing streak at home vs. the Washington Redskins, and Stafford led the way. The former Georgia signal-caller finished the game 21 of 36 for 241 yards and a touchdown, and added 2 rushes for 23 yards in their first win of the season. Mark Sanchez – QB – Jets For the 3rd week in a row, Sanchez makes our list. While he had some struggles in this game (1 int and 2 fumbles), he maintained his cool. Sanchez finished 17 of 30 for 171 yards, 2 TDs (read more…)

DJ Williams nominated for Courage Award

September 24, 2009

DJ Williams

TE – Arkansas Junior

After the incredible story of Ole Miss (and now Baltimore Ravens) offensive tackle Michael Oher, the 2010 NFL Draft may have another similar background story…that is if Arkansas TE DJ Williams (JR) decides to declare for the draft. Fearing that I won’t be able to due Williams’ story justice by providing my own summary, here is the official release from the FWAA. From the Football Writers Association of America DALLAS (FWAA) – Arkansas’ D.J. Williams is the first weekly nominee for the 2009 FedEx Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award, to be announced at the end of the season. Williams, a junior tight end from Little Rock, Ark., has overcome a childhood dominated by an abusive, drug-addicted father to excel in the classroom, the community and on the field. Williams’ father, David Williams, is currently serving time in a Texas prison. But D.J. Williams’ (read more…)

Draft Breakdown T-shirt contest

September 23, 2009

Draft Breakdown is celebrating the new and improved design of the site. So what a better way to celebrate than to give something away! We’re giving away a Reebok Prime Short Sleeve Sideline Shirt to TWO Draft Breakdown readers. Winners will get their choice of NFL team and size. So how can you win one of these shirts? It’s simple. We want as many people as possible to get updates from Draft Breakdown on the news, notes and analysis of the NFL Draft. Two of the ways we do that are through our Facebook fan site and our Twitter site. The readers who refer the most Facebook Fans and the most Twitter followers will win! Here’s how to enter. Whenever you tell your friends (via e-mail, in person, Facebook message, Twitter message, etc) to come follow us on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook, use the form below (read more…)

Defensive Player of the Week: Donald Butler

September 22, 2009

Donald Butler

LB – Washington Senior

Donald Butler has received the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the week award. Butler and the entire Huskies defense came up big in a huge win over #3 USC on Saturday. The 6’1″ 235 lbs linebacker led the way, recording 12 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception in the 16-13 upset victory. Ten of Butler’s 12 tackles were solo and he also broke up a pass to help the Huskies control the high powered Trojan offense. 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.

Rookie Reviews: Week 2

September 22, 2009

The final scores are in the book and Draft Breakdown is here to update you on how some of the top rookies in the 2009 draft performed in week 2 of the NFL season. Eric Wood and Andy Levitre – OGs – Bills Gotta give some love to the offensive linemen. The Bills have been heavily criticized this year for starting so many new players on the o-line. This week, the Bills young guards dominated the line of scrimmage against Tampa Bay. Buffalo racked up 438 total yards of offense which included 218 rushing yards and 220 passing yards in their 33-20 win. Johnny Knox – WR – Bears After a poor performance the week before against the Packers, not many expected the Bears to beat the defending Super Bowl Champions this week. In the pouring rain, the speedy WR from Abilene-Christian grabbed 6 passes for 70 yards and a (read more…)

QB of the Week: Jake Locker

September 21, 2009

Jake Locker

QB – Washington Junior

The Davey O’Brien award has named Washington QB Jake Locker as the Quarterback of the Week. Locker led the Huskies to a 16-13 victory over #3 USC. Locker finished the game 21 of 35 for 237 yards and scored on a 4 yard touchdown run. Washington had previously lost seven straight games to USC and the win helped the Huskies climb to a #24 ranking in the AP Poll. Other quarterbacks receiving votes this week included: Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame (JR), Joe Cox – Georgia (SR), Jacory Harris – Miami (SO), Landry Jones – Oklahoma (RS-FR), Ryan Mallett – Arkansas (RS-SO), Todd Reesing – Kansas (SR), Tyrod Taylor – Virginia Tech (JR), Tim Tebow – Florida (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 (read more…)

The “U” providing motivation to alumni?

September 21, 2009

With big wins against Florida State and Georgia Tech, the Miami Hurricanes are on quite a roll. Could their new-found confidence be providing alumni of “The U” with motivation to perform on Sunday? If today was any indication, Reggie Wayne is bound to have a huge Monday night. Here’s a look at some top NFL performers who went to the school known as “The U.” Andre Johnson – WR – Houston Texans Johnson had a huge day against the Tennessee Titans, finishing with 10 catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns…including a 72 yarder. Frank Gore – RB – San Fransisco 49ers Another gigantic performance by a former Hurricane. Gore, or “The Inconvenient Truth,” as Rich Eisen prefers, ran the ball 16 times for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns (79 and 80). Gore also provided 39 receiving yards in the 49ers victory. Willis McGahee – RB – Baltimore Ravens (read more…)

Player Profile: CJ Spiller

September 20, 2009

CJ Spiller

Running Back – Clemson 5’11” 195lbs Senior

Experience- Spiller is a four year starter at running back and has returned kicks all four years for the Tigers. Awards and Honors 2008: First team All-ACC as a kick returner and Second team All-ACC as a running back. Led ACC for all-purpose yards (1770). First team Academic All-ACC. 2007: Honorable Mention All-ACC as a kick returner. Second team All-ACC kick returner by Rivals.com. 2006: Led ACC Freshman in rushing yards per game. Academics- Sociology major at Clemson. Injuries- Missed a game and a half in 2008 with a hamstring injury. Analysis- Spiller, while considered a starting back, shared most of the carries at Clemson with RB James Davis (now with the Cleveland Browns). Spiller is a smaller, shifty back that is better running outside the tackles and can be heavily involved in the passing game. A great return (read more…)

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