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.


Player Profile: Greg Jones

September 4, 2010

Greg Jones

Position: ILB School: Michigan State Height: 6’1" Weight: 240 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.65 All-Star Game: — Team Captain: 2009 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 –

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 – Coverage 8 – Pass Rushing 8 – Tackling 8 – Instincts 8 – Hips/Lateral Movement 8 –

Explanation of Player Grading System

The Breakdown

Jones is one of the most consistent and aggressive linebackers in the country. Going into his fourth year as a starter, Jones sets out to prove that he’s the best inside linebacker in all of college football. (read more…)

Player Profile: Mike Pouncey

September 4, 2010

Mike Pouncey

Position: C School: Florida Height: 6’4" Weight: 310 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.25 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 –

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 – Run Blocking 10 – Awareness 8 – Hand Placement 6 – Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 – Footwork 8 – Leverage 8 –

Explanation of Player Grading System

The Breakdown

Pouncey is a talented and experienced offensive lineman in the toughest conference in college football. In 2010, he’ll make the switch from guard to center, filling in for his twin brother, Maurkice, who was (read more…)

Player Profile: Jerrod Johnson

September 3, 2010

Jerrod Johnson

Position: QB School: Texas A&M Height: 6’5" Weight: 245 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.90 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 –

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

Johnson is an athletic, mobile quarterback that put up impressive numbers in 2009. However, he has a lot of work to do on his game. Footwork and mechanics are questionable at best and he’s very quick to (read more…)

Player Profile: Von Miller

September 3, 2010

Von Miller

Position: OLB School: Texas A&M Height: 6’3" Weight: 243 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.60 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 –

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 – Coverage 8 – Pass Rushing 8 – Tackling 8 – Instincts 8 – Hips/Lateral Movement 8 –

Explanation of Player Grading System

The Breakdown

If you’re a fan of an NFL team that runs a 3-4 defense, Von Miller is a player you want to keep your eye on this season. Miller is your prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker. Quick off the (read more…)

Video Breakdown: Greg Romeus

September 2, 2010

Greg Romeus is one of the most intriguing prospects coming into the 2010 college football season. Possessing a great combination of power and speed, Romeus is set to have a dominate season for the Panthers. He only played one year of high school football, so he’s a little more raw than some other defensive end prospects. However, he’s going into his third year as a starter and he’s shown dramatic improvement every season. With the college football season about to kick off, let’s take a look at some 2009 tape of Romeus in action and break down his game.

 

Romeus vs. West Virginia

The game against West Virginia is a good example of exactly what Romeus can do. He shows up as a pass rusher and against the run. What I like the most about Romeus is how he uses his long arms, especially when setting the edge (read more…)

Player Profile: Greg Romeus

September 2, 2010

Greg Romeus

Position: DE School: Pittsburgh Height: 6’6" Weight: 270 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.85 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 –

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 – Pass Rushing 8 – Awareness 8 – Hand Placement 8 –

Explanation of Player Grading System

The Breakdown

Romeus is a tremendous defensive end prospect. Possessing ideal size, strength and speed, he’s a true force off the edge. He has a combination of pass rush moves and can use power or finesse to get to the quarterback. Romeus has improved every (read more…)

Video Breakdown: Prince Amukamara

August 10, 2010

Coming into the 2010 college football season, all eyes will be on another dominate Nebraska defender. This year, the focus switches from the defensive line, to the secondary. Senior cornerback Prince Amukamara is set for a break out season and is looking to be the first defensive back taken in the 2011 NFL Draft. With a rare combination of size, speed, and tackling ability, Amukamara is the complete package. Before the season started, National Scouting evaluated Amukamara and assigned a grade of 7.3. That’s tied for the highest among all seniors evaluated with Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn. It’s interesting to note that before the 2009 football season, Ndamukong Suh’s preseason grade from National was a 7.0. So what is it about Amukamara that has NFL scouts drooling? First of all, he possesses ideal size. At 6’1″, 205 lbs, Amukamara has the size to play free safety in the NFL, but (read more…)

NFC West Draft Grades

August 9, 2010

With the final installment of our “better late than never” draft grade series, we take a look at the NFC West.

Arizona Cardinals: A-

Arizona is a team that could quickly see the number in their win column diminish this year after the retirement of Kurt Warner and trading away Anquan Boldin. Their success will ultimately hinge on the quarterback position, whether it’s Matt Leinart or Derek Anderson. That being said, the Cards have a strong wide receiver corps and a decent rushing attack, but had plenty of needs on the defensive side of the ball. Arizona actually had one of the better drafts this season, even though they aren’t getting a lot of attention for it. By taking Dan Williams in the first round, their defensive line immediately becomes stronger than before. Williams has some versatility and can move along the defensive line, making him an (read more…)

AFC West Draft Grades

August 9, 2010

Moving right along in our “better late than never” draft grades series, let’s take a look at the AFC West.

Denver Broncos: B-

It’s hard to think about the Broncos draft and not immediately go to the selection of Tim Tebow in the first round, which I’ll get to in a minute. Overall, Denver had a fairly successful draft but made some questionable picks along the way. They started off by grabbing Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas, which almost seemed like a no-brainer. The Broncos decided to pass on Dez Bryant, who many had ranked as the better receiver, but it makes sense to not bring in another diva to replace Brandon Marshall. While Thomas was picked up a bit high for my taste, he still would have surely gone in the first round had Denver not pulled the trigger. Then Denver loses me. McDaniels (read more…)

Video Breakdown: Marvin Austin

August 6, 2010

When Marvin Austin decided to stay for his senior season, I, for one, was glad to see it. I thought that it’s refreshing to see a kid finish school and polish their craft while many are leaving school early to get a large pay check. Many suspected that Austin could have been a first round draft pick had he declared, but instead, he opted to stay.

 

After an NCAA investigation, it’s now looking like Austin will be suspended for his senior season and will miss out on the opportunity to further develop his game. It’s a bit depressing because at times, Austin flashes supreme talent at the defensive tackle position and some very high potential. While he certainly has flaws in his game, the talent is certainly there.

 

I had the chance to take a look at three Austin clips from the 2009 season, thanks to our scout (read more…)

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