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.


New Prospect Video Clips – Nov. 7th

November 7, 2010

New Prospect Video Clips – Nov. 7th

Aaron Aloysius is a man of many talents, one of which is creating our outstanding Prospect Video Clips. This week, Aaron added clips of Cameron Heyward (Ohio State DE) vs. Gabe Carimi (Wisconsin OT) and Jake Locker (Washington QB) vs. Arizona State. You can see all of our Prospect Video Clips on the Videos page at the link below.

 

Full Prospect Video Clip List

 

Jake Locker vs. Arizona State

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw_dWX2dJPY

 

Cameron Heyward vs. Gabe Carimi

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjPsgcj2ufI

 

 

NCAA rules Quinn & Little permanently ineligible

October 11, 2010

It has been revealed today that North Carolina players Greg Little and Robert Quinn have been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA. According to an NCAA investigation, both Little and Quinn were ruled ineligible for violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules. According to the report, Little accepted $4952.00 in benefits, including diamond earrings and travel expenses to Washington D.C., the Bahamas and two trips to Miami. Quinn reportedly received $5642.00 in benefits, including two black diamond watches, matching earrings and travel expenses for a trip to Miami. The NCAA ruling stated that not only did Quinn and Little received illegal benefits, but both were untruthful about receiving these benefits during official NCAA interviews. This raises some possible character concerns for both Quinn and Little, who will be heading into the NFL Draft in April. Quinn has been projected as a possible top 5 selection in (read more…)

Defensive Player of the Week: Robert Lester

September 29, 2010

Robert Lester

Position: FS School: Alabama Height: 6’2" Weight: 206 lbs Class: RS-Sophomore 40 time: -.–

Redshirt sophomore safety Robert Lester of Alabama is this week’s Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week. Lester was instrumental in Alabama’s come from behind road win against SEC rival, Arkansas. Lester racked up seven tackles and two interceptions in the victory. His second interception was returned to the Arkansas 12 yard line, leading to the game winning touchdown for Alabama.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 6. Last year, Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh was the recipient of the end of season award.

Quaterback of the Week: Cam Newton

September 29, 2010

Cam Newton

Position: QB School: Auburn Height: 6’6" Weight: 250 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: -.–

Redshirt junior quarterback Cam Newton of Auburn led his team to a come from behind victory against SEC Rival and 12th ranked South Carolina this week. As a result of is performance, Newton was named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week. Newton finished the game 16 of 21 for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns while rushing for 176 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

Other quarterbacks receiving votes this week were; Trey Burton (Florida), Austin Dantin (Toledo), Andrew Luck (Stanford), Kellen Moore (Boise State), Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State), Pete Thomas (Colorado State), Scott Tolzien (Wisconsin) and Russell Wilson (North Carolina State). During the first eight weeks of the season, a subset of The O’Brien National Selection Committee will name The O’Brien Quarterback of the Week, given to (read more…)

Joint Message Board

September 28, 2010

…a new kind of message board experience.

Sure, there are a lot of independent draft web sites out there. The most successful of which have popular and active message boards. If you’ve started a message board for your own site, then you know there’s nothing harder than bringing in users and keeping the board active. Here at Draft Breakdown, we’ve come up with a way to help compete with some of the major sites. We’ve recently brought together some of your favorite NFL Draft sites and joined our efforts to create a joint venture called the NFL Draft Co-Op Message Board. Here, all sites are created equal! Site publishers are able to freely promote content from their individual sites in any thread, without the fear of having their posts deleted. Site publishers aren’t just “allowed” to do this, they’re expected to. Publishers each provide links to their own (read more…)

“Way too early” Mock Draft 3.0

September 24, 2010

Another week of football is in the books, so our “way too early” mock draft series is becoming less and less “early.” Will Spencer takes you through our latest first round mock that holds some surprising picks.

1. Buffalo Bills Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford*

This Bills have been lost at the quarterback position since the days of Jim Kelly. Since then, the team has had nothing but trouble finding the center piece to their offense. The Bills decided to go with Trent Edwards this season and he’s already been replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. The time has come for Buffalo to bring in the best available signal caller and Luck looks to be just that at this point. 2. Cleveland Browns Jake Locker – QB – Washington

The Browns may be starting the 2011 NFL season with a new head coach and (read more…)

Contribute to Draft Breakdown

September 22, 2010

Draft Breakdown is always on the look for talented, motivated, a passionate writers to contribute to the site. Though we aren’t currently looking for any full-time writers, we do offer to post certain content from the DB Community. Through our Community Spotlight section, readers can post their own articles or mock drafts for the world to see. Let Draft Breakdown be the platform to help launch your football writing and/or scouting career! Think you have what it takes? Fill out the form below to contact us. If you have a resume’ that you’d like to send, let us know and we’d be happy to take a look at it. Please be prepared to provide writing samples for review. We look forward to hearing from you!

Quarterback of the Week: Ryan Mallett

September 20, 2010

Ryan Mallett

Position: QB School: Arkansas Height: 6’6" Weight: 238 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: -.–

Redshirt junior quarterback Ryan Mallett of Arkansas led his team to a road win this week against Georgia, and was awarded the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week Award in the process. The 6’6″ quarterback led the Razorbacks to a 31-24 conference victory, going 21 of 33 for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mallett’s final touchdown pass was a 40 strike with 15 seconds remaining in the game, giving Arkansas the victory.

Other quarterbacks receiving votes this week were; Terrence Cain (Utah), Andy Dalton (TCU), Nick Foles (Arizona), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), Andrew Luck (Stanford), Taylor Martinez (Nebraska), Kellen Moore (Boise State), Kyle Parker (Clemson), Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State), Denard Robinson (Michigan) and Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State). During the first eight weeks of the season, a subset of The O’Brien (read more…)

Video Breakdown: Anthony Castonzo

September 16, 2010

Not many college athletes can say that they’ve never missed a game due to injury. Even less can say they’ve been a starter since their very first college game. Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo fits into that small minority. Castonzo got his start playing right tackle for Boston College and worked his way to the left tackle spot, which is a more natural fit for him. As a true freshman, Castonzo started his career at only 260 pounds. Since then, he’s bulked up to 308 pounds (according to the Boston College team website) and honed his skills as a blind side protector. Castonzo has the perfect build for a finesse left tackle. Tall and lean, he has long arms and quick feet. Castonzo isn’t going to beat defensive lineman with overpowering strength or shear ferocity. Castonzo is a true technician, not a mauler. He’s at his best when (read more…)

Greg Romeus to have back surgery

September 15, 2010

Greg Romeus

Position: DE School: Pittsburgh Height: 6’6" Weight: 270 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: -.–

Pitt defensive end Greg Romeus is scheduled to have surgery to repair a disc in his back, according to ESPN. Romeus missed numerous fall practices with an unknown back injury this season and he appeared out of shape in the season opener against Utah and he sat out the week two match up with New Hampshire. Pitt head coach Dave Wanndstedt stated that he hoped to have Romeus back “for the conclusion of the season,” but it is unclear just how much time Romeus will need for recovery. The back injury could explain the decline in Romeus’ play. The defensive end has looked slow off the snap and has had trouble anchoring at the point of attack this season, which is unusual for Romeus. With the defensive line (read more…)

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