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.


Draft Breakdown Debate: Ryan Lownes vs. Rob Engle

April 1, 2011

1. Which player will be the Carolina Panthers’ First Overall Pick?

 

RYAN: I have said it since January; I expect the Panthers will wind up taking Cam Newton with that first pick. They will surely consider Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert and Alabama Defensive Tackle Marcell Dareus, but in the end I believe the Heisman Trophy winner holds the edge. After taking Jimmy Clausen with their first pick (Second Round) a year ago, many will believe the Quarterback position already has its’ young heir. Unfortunately, the Notre Dame product proved himself to be mentally weak, ineffective as a passer, and he appears unlikely to have convinced the new coaching staff. A common misconception is that Clausen was a big investment for GM Marty Hurney, but in reality, he makes far less than $1 million a year. Additionally, the team publicly declared they would replace him if Andrew Luck were to enter this years’ draft.

 

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Scouting Report: Marcell Dareus

March 25, 2011

Marcell Dareus

 

Position: DT School: Alabama Height: 6’3 1/8" Weight: 319 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.93 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 5 Pick

 

Summary

Disruptive is the first word that comes to mind when watching Dareus play. Dareus possesses ideal size and weight for the defensive tackle position and he’s surprisingly nimble for a man his size. His first step isn’t as quick as other prospects but he’s relentless after the snap. Dareus has a knack for making plays when it matters most and playing in Alabama’s 3-4 defense gives him an added bonus of versatility that other prospects don’t have. He is probably best suited to play as a 1-gap DT but his combination of size and strength along with his experience in the 3-4 make him a potential 5-technique defensive end in the NFL. Dareus could potentially be the (read more…)

West Virginia Pro Day 2011

March 18, 2011

After a long, early morning drive to Morgantown, I finally arrived at the Mountaineers indoor practice facility to cover their pro day event. The WVU pro day was interesting as it featured two of the shortest at their positions (Noel Devine and Jock Sanders) as well as one of the tallest at their position (Robert Sands). A talented member of the Mountaineers team that wasn’t able to participate was CB Brandon Hogan, who is still recovering from a torn ACL. A decent turn out of scouts were on hand for the event but I didn’t observe any notable NFL personnel watching the workouts.

 

NFL team scouts I observed at the event were: New York Giants, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints (read more…)

Maryland Pro Day 2011

March 17, 2011

A smaller than usual crowd was on hand for the University of Maryland Pro Day event today and when I walked in, I caught a glimpse of a familiar face surrounded by an entourage. Was it the speedy WR Torrey Smith within the circle of onlookers? Nope. It was another speedy WR from Maryland; Darrius Heyward-Bey. DHB came back to cheer on some of his former team mates and maybe, just maybe, remember a time when his name was being mentioned as a top rated WR. Either way, NFL scouts paid no attention to the former Terp and current Raider and instead focused on the task at hand.

 

I observed representatives from the following teams today: Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Dallas (read more…)

Scouting Report: Von Miller

March 6, 2011

Von Miller

 

Position: OLB School: Texas A&M Height: 6’2 5/8" Weight: 246 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.53 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

 

Summary

Von Miller is arguably the best pass rusher in the 2011 Draft. Miller led the nation in sacks with 17 during his junior season, yet elected to return to the Aggies for his senior year. With an explosive first step and elite athleticism, Miller will start making his living in the NFL as a pass rush specialist. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t be used on all three downs. His senior season allowed him to officially make a switch to outside linebacker, giving him the opportunity to drop into coverage more often. Smart and dedicated, he’ll make any NFL team happy as a terror off the edge, and will more than likely blossom into a (read more…)

New Player Prospect Videos

March 1, 2011

Aaron Aloysius is frequently adding prospect videos of the top talent for this year’s NFL Draft. Listed below are some of the recently added videos. Be sure to check out all the posts that include videos on our Video Features page. Check back often for updates!

 

Alabama WR Julio Jones vs. LSU

 

Tale of the Tape: Nevada TE Virgil Green

 

Brooks Reed: Not a Household Name…Yet

 

Three Weeks of Georgia OLB Justin Houston

 

 

Recent Scouting Reports that include Prospect Video Clips

 

Scouting Report: Cameron Jordan

 

Scouting Report: Rahim Moore

 

Scouting Report: AJ Green

 

Scouting Report: Stephen Paea

 

Scouting Report: Adrian Clayborn

 

Scouting Report: Mason Foster

 

 

Full Video List

 

Texas vs. The Nation 2011 vs (2011)

February 6, 2011

An all-star game that gets little attention is the annual Texas vs. The Nation game. This year’s game takes place on Saturday, February 5th at 1:00 PM MST in San Antonio, Texas. Several star players will participate in this game and it’s a great opportunity to get a look at some smaller school guys.

 

Game Story

(courtesy: Texas vs. The Nation website)

 

San Antonio, TX – The NFLPA All-Star game came down to the last drive in which the Nation team had a shot to defeat Team Texas, but University of Texas defensive end Eddie Jones stopped running back Damien Berry of the University of Miami on 4th down at the 1-yard line with 55 seconds left in the game helping Team Texas win 13-7. Berry who was named the offensive player of the game and had the only score for the Nation team (read more…)

Texas Vs. The Nation Roster 2011 – The Nation

February 6, 2011

Quarterbacks Nathan Enderle – Idaho Jeff Van Camp – Florida Atlantic TJ Yates – North Carolina

 

Running Backs Damien Berry – Miami Shaun Draughn – North Carolina Keith Payne – Virginia Ryan Taylor – North Carolina Richard Murphy – LSU

 

Wide Receivers Kris Durham – Georgia Andre Holmes – Hillsdale Joe Morgan – Walsh Owen Spencer – North Carolina State Jamar Newsome – Central Florida Jerrell Johnson-Koulianos – Iowa Jock Sanders – West Virginia

 

Tight Ends Andre Smith – Virginia Tech Daniel Hardy – Idaho Schuylar Oordt – Northern Iowa

 

Offensive Line Willie Smith – East Carolina DJ Young – Michigan State Josh Davis – Georgia Jarriel King – South Carolina Daniel Kilgore – Appalachian State Curt Porter – Jacksonville State Brad Thorson – Kansas Carl Johnson – Florida Peter Hendrickson – Tulane Zane Taylor – Utah

 

Defensive Ends Clay Nurse – Illinois Craig Marshall (read more…)

Texas Vs. The Nation Roster 2011 – Texas

February 6, 2011

Quarterbacks Taylor Potts – Texas Tech Josh Portis – California (PA) Ryan Colburn – Fresno State

 

Running Backs Chad Spann – Northern Illinios Jay Finley – Baylor Mario Fannin – Auburn Robert Hughes – Notre Dame Bubba Bartlett – Carroll MT

 

Wide Receivers Kris Adams – UTEP Stephen Burton – West Texas A&M Denarius Moore – Tennessee Marcus Harris – Murray State Chris Matthews – Kentucky

 

Tight Ends Cameron Graham – Louisville Robert Housler – Florida Atlantic Stephen Skelton – Fordham

 

Offensive Line Isaiah Thompson – Houston Mike Person – Montana State Derek Newton – Arkansas State Chris Stewart – Notre Dame Trevis Turner – Abilene Christian Kevin Hughes – NE Louisiana Tim Barnes – Missouri Ray Dominguez – Arkansas Matt Allen – Texas A&M Byron Bell – New Mexico

 

Defensive Ends Ugo Chinasa – Oklahoma State Wayne Daniels – TCU Eddie Jones – Texas (read more…)

About.com Readers’ Choice Awards 2011

January 30, 2011

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