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.


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September 22, 2010

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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…)

Defensive Player of the Week: Chimdi Chekwa

September 14, 2010

Chimdi Chekwa

Position: CB School: Ohio State Height: 6’0" Weight: 190 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: -.–

Senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa of Ohio State has received the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week award. Chimdi intercepted two passes, broke up two passes and made six tackles in Ohio State’s win over Miami.

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.

Quarterback of the Week: Denard Robinson

September 14, 2010

Denard Robinson

Position: QB School: Michigan Height: 6’0" Weight: 193 lbs Class: Sophomore 40 time: -.–

Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson of Michigan has been named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week. Robinson accounted for a total of 502 yards, snapping single-game Michigan quarterback marks for total offense and rushing for the second consecutive week. Robinson, who became just the ninth quarterback in FBS history to run and pass for at least 200 yards, also set a Big Ten rushing record for quarterbacks with 258 yards against Notre Dame.

Other quarterbacks receiving votes this week were; Dominique Davis (East Carolina), Andrew Luck (Stanford), Cam Newton (Auburn), Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), Ryan Mallett (Arkansas), Greg McElroy (Alabama) and Darron Thomas (Oregon). During the first eight weeks of the season, a subset of The O’Brien National Selection Committee will name The (read more…)

Player Profile: Pat Devlin

September 9, 2010

Pat Devlin

Position: QB School: Delaware Height: 6’4" Weight: 220 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.90 All-Star Game: — Team Captain: 2010 Overall Grade: -.– Draft Projection: —

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 – Speed 8 – Quickness/Agility 10 – Strength/Explosion 10 – Athletic Ability 8 – Durability 8 – Character 6 – Production/Experience 6 – Toughness 8 – Potential 10 –

Quarterback Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Decision Making 10 – Arm Strength 7 – Accuracy 10 – Mechanics/Footwork 7 – Mobility 6 – Release Quickness 8 –

Explanation of Player Grading System

The Breakdown

Devlin was one of the top ranked quarterbacks coming out of high school and landed at Penn State. For various reasons, Devlin never really got a shot to be “the” guy at Penn State and decided to transfer (read more…)

Player Profile: DeMarco Murray

September 9, 2010

DeMarco Murray

Position: RB School: Oklahoma Height: 6’1" Weight: 207 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.50 All-Star Game: — Team Captain: — Overall Grade: -.– Draft Projection: —

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 – Speed 8 – Quickness/Agility 10 – Strength/Explosion 10 – Athletic Ability 8 – Durability 8 – Character 6 – Production/Experience 6 – Toughness 8 – Potential 10 –

Running Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Between the tackles 8 – Outside the tackles 8 – Receiving 6 – Ball carrying 8 – Vision 10 – Elusiveness 8 – Pass Blocking 8 – Leg Drive 8 – Break Tackle 8 –

Explanation of Player Grading System

The Breakdown

Murray is a very talented running back that excels in the passing game. The problem is, the kid hasn’t been able to stay (read more…)

Quarterback of the Week: Kellen Moore

September 8, 2010

Kellen Moore

Position: QB School: Boise State Height: 6’0" Weight: 187 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: -.–

Junior quarterback Kellen Moore of Boise State has been named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week. Moore completed 23 of 38 passes for 215 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Moore led the Broncos to victory with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Austin Pettis with 1:09 to play against #10 Virginia Tech.

Other quarterbacks receiving votes this week were; Dominique Davis (East Carolina), Andrew Luck (Stanford), Cam Newton (Auburn), Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State), Denard Robinson (Michigan) and T.J. Yates (North Carolina). 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 a player who exemplifies the award’s standards. All 120 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks are candidates for the award until (read more…)

Defensive Player of the Week: Kenny Tate

September 7, 2010

Kenny Tate

Position: FS School: Maryland Height: 6’4" Weight: 220 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: -.–

Junior safety Kenny Tate has received the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Week award. Tate recorded a career high 12 tackles in the match up with Navy this week, including a game winning tackle at the goal line with 34 seconds left in the game. Tate also forced two fumbles, including one when Navy was threatening to score inside the Maryland 5 yard line. 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.

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