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.

Tebow not showing his NFL potential

September 20, 2009

Tim Tebow

QB – Florida Senior

When Florida QB Tim Tebow decided to stay for his senior season, many were surprised. Those in NFL circles, however, were not. Had Tebow declared for the NFL draft as after his junior season, most experts agreed that Tebow had almost zero chance to be a first round pick. With an awkward throwing motion, a high tendency to tuck and run, as well as coming from a very option-heavy offense, Tebow wasn’t ready to transition into the NFL. After Tebow announced he would stay at Florida for his senior season, word out of Gainesville was that the Gators were bringing in a quarterback “specialist” to help Tebow ready his game for the NFL. In fact, head coach Urban Meyer even indicated that the Gators would be running more of a “pro-style” offense to help with the development of Tebow as a quarterback. Throughout (read more…)

Player Profile: Taylor Mays

September 16, 2009

Taylor Mays

Safety – USC 6’2″ 230lbs Senior

Experience- Mays is a four year starter at free safety for the Trojans. Awards and Honors 2009: Walter Camp 1st team All-American, First team All-Pac 10, Finalist for Thorpe Award, Bednarik Award and Lott Award. 2008: Consensus All-American first teamer by Associated Press, Football Writers, Walters Camp, Sporting News, ESPN.com, SI.com, CBSSports.com, Phil Steele’s, Pro Football Weekly, and CollegeFootballNews.com. Second team All-American by Rivals.com. Was one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award. 2008 All-Pac-10 First team. Won USC’s Bob Chandler Award, which is awarded to underclassmen with superb on field and off-field qualities. 2008 Playboy Preseason All-American team. 2007: All-American first team by Sporting News. All-American second team by SI.com. All-American third team by the Associated Press. All-Pac-10 honorable mention. 2006: All-American second team by Sporting News. CollegeFootballNews.com Defensive Freshman of the Year. Sporting News, Rivals.com and Scout.com Freshman (read more…)

Defensive Player of the Week: Nathan Triplett

September 15, 2009

Nathan Triplett

ILB – Minnesota Senior

Inside Linebacker Nate Triplett has been a force in the middle of the field for the Golden Gophers. During this week’s game vs. Air Force, Triplett recorded 17 tackles and took a fumble recovery 52 yards for a touchdown, giving Minnesota the lead in the 4th quarter. Of Triplett’s 17 tackles, 12 were solo. This performance made Triplett the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the week. 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 1

September 15, 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 their NFL debuts. Mark Sanchez – QB – Jets If I had to decide, this would be the rookie of the week. Sanchez led the Jets into Houston and looked more like a 3 year veteran QB under center. The former USC signal caller finished the game 18 of 31 with 272 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception, giving him a QB rating of 84.3. Even though Sanchez threw a pick that led to a touchdown, he bounced back and helped the Jets drive down the field for another score. Kenny Britt – WR – Titans Britt had the early jump on the competition, playing in a nationally televised game on Thursday night…that just happened to be against the defending Super Bowl (read more…)

QB of the Week: Tate Forcier – Michigan

September 14, 2009

Tate Forcier

QB – Michigan Freshman

The Davey O’Brien award has named Michigan’s Tate Forcier as the QB of the week. Forcier led Michigan in a back and forth win against #18 Notre Dame. A true freshman, Forcier completed a 5 yard touchdown pass to Greg Matthews with 11 seconds left in the game. Forcier finished the game 23 of 33 with 240 yards, 2 touchdowns and one interception, helping Michigan become the 25th ranked team in the country. Other quarterbacks receiving votes this week included: USC’s Matt Barkley (FR), BYU’s Max Hall (SR), Houston’s Case Keenum (RS JR), Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour (SR), Texas’ Colt McCoy (SR), and Florida’s Tim Tebow (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 all 120 (read more…)

New Design, New Features, Better Coverage

September 14, 2009

Draft Breakdown is officially back in business and is better than ever. For the past several months, we’ve been planning a new design that will bring you draft coverage like no other site. First, and most importantly, we’ve added a new feature to our scouting reports, articles and other feature items: YOU. That’s right, we value your opinion and we want to hear what you have to say. If you spend as much time following the draft as we do, you’ve probably read countless scouting reports and felt that the author missed some key points, or were just completely off base. At Draft Breakdown, now you can add your two cents to our reports and articles by adding comments. So we want to hear what you think about it all; scouting reports, articles, blog entries or whatever you want to comment on. Now you can post your own scouting reports (read more…)

Trade Value Chart

September 14, 2009

NFL teams use this chart as a go-by for assigning a number value to draft picks when considering making a draft pick trade. Use this chart in conducting your own mock drafts and trades!

1 3,000 33 580 65 265 97 112 129 43 161 27 193 14.2 2 2,600 34 560 66 260 98 108 130 42 162 26.6 194 13.8 3 2,200 35 550 67 255 99 104 131 41 163 26.2 195 13.4 4 1,800 36 540 68 250 100 100 132 40 164 25.8 196 13 5 1,700 37 530 69 245 101 96 133 39.5 165 25.4 197 12.6 6 1,600 38 520 70 240 102 92 134 39 166 25 198 12.2 7 1,500 39 510 71 235 103 88 135 38.5 167 24.6 199 11.8 8 1,400 40 500 72 230 104 86 136 38 168 24.2 200 11.4 9 1,350 41 (read more…)

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