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: Allen Bailey

August 1, 2010

Allen Bailey

 

Position: DE School: Miami Height: 6’4" Weight: 285 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.75 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

Bailey is an absolute monster along the defensive line. He’s bounced around to various positions for the Canes’ defense, but his best fit may be as a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 5-technique defensive end in the NFL. Strong, aggressive and relentless, there’s (read more…)

Player Profile: Prince Amukamara

August 1, 2010

Prince Amukamara

 

Position: CB School: Nebraska Height: 6’1" Weight: 205 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.45 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 Back Specific Categories

 

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 – Man Coverage 10 – Zone Coverage 10 – Tackling 6 – Run Stopping 6 – Hips/Lateral Movement 8 – Physicality 6 –

 

Explanation of Player Grading System

 

The Breakdown

Amukamara is a well rounded cornerback that has a very good chance of being the first corner taken in the 2011 NFL Draft. Excellent in zone coverage and off-man coverage, Prince understands (read more…)

Player Profile: Deunta Williams

August 1, 2010

Deunta Williams

Position: FS School: North Carolina Height: 6’2" Weight: 215 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.55 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 Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 – Man Coverage 10 – Zone Coverage 10 – Tackling 6 – Run Stopping 6 – Hips/Lateral Movement 8 – Physicality 6 –

Explanation of Player Grading System

The Breakdown

A true free-safety. Williams is at his best when he’s allowed to run around and make plays on the ball. Excellent range for his size and a sure tackler. Not afraid (read more…)

Player Profile: Quan Sturdivant

August 1, 2010

Quan Sturdivant

 

Position: ILB School: North Carolina Height: 6’2" Weight: 230 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.70 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

Sturdivant is one of several talented defenders for North Carolina this season. However, he may be the most aggressive of the bunch. Quan relies on his instincts more than his linebacker corps team mate, Bruce Carter, but (read more…)

Player Profile: Bruce Carter

August 1, 2010

Bruce Carter

 

Position: OLB School: North Carolina Height: 6’3" Weight: 235 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

Carter is a linebacker that does everything very well, but nothing great. If he plays to his full potential, he could be the first linebacker taken in the 2011 NFL Draft. Carter needs to find a way (read more…)

Player Profile: Marvin Austin

August 1, 2010

Marvin Austin

 

Position: DT School: North Carolina Height: 6’3" Weight: 310 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.00 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

Austin is exactly what you look for in a one-gap defensive tackle. Quick first step and great pursuit, it’s not a shock to see Austin chasing down stretch plays and screen passes. The big knock on Austin is that his motor runs (read more…)

Player Profile: Adrian Clayborn

August 1, 2010

Adrian Clayborn

 

Position: DE School: Iowa Height: 6’4" Weight: 285 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.75 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 –

 

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

Clayborn is set to have a tremendous senior season. Excellent against both the run and the pass, Clayborn has it all. He isn’t a speed rusher but knows how to use his hands and has a pretty wide array of pass rush moves. (read more…)

AFC South Draft Grades

July 29, 2010

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

Houston Texans: B-

The Texans are desperately trying to get out from under the shadow of the Indianapolis Colts and this year’s draft just may have helped their cause. Coming into the draft, they had two very obvious needs at the running back spot and in the secondary and both needs were quickly addressed. In the first round, Houston took Alabama CB Kareem Jackson, who was one of my favorite players in the draft. Jackson was a guy that was under the radar a bit due to his lack of interception numbers at Alabama. However, if you put on the tape, it was clear that Jackson didn’t get the picks because teams just didn’t throw to his side of the field. The bottom line is, Jackson comes (read more…)

Player Profile: DeAndre McDaniel

July 29, 2010

DeAndre McDaniel

 

Position: SS School: Clemson Height: 6’1" Weight: 210 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 –

 

Defensive Back Specific Categories

 

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 – Man Coverage 10 – Zone Coverage 10 – Tackling 6 – Run Stopping 6 – Hips/Lateral Movement 8 – Physicality 6 –

 

Explanation of Player Grading System

 

The Breakdown

McDaniel is a hard hitting safety that loves to play in the box. He’s at his best against the run and isn’t afraid of contact, even against bigger backs. Athletic and relatively (read more…)

Player Profile: Jarvis Jenkins

July 29, 2010

Jarvis Jenkins

 

Position: DT School: Clemson Height: 6’4" Weight: 310 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.05 All-Star Game: — Team Captain: No 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

Jenkins is a bull of a defensive tackle. He has the size you look for in a gap control defensive lineman and is more effective against the rush than the pass. Jenkins could potentially transition to a 5-technique defensive end in the NFL.

(read more…)

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