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.


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.

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Player Profile: Jake Locker

July 28, 2010

Jake Locker

 

Position: QB School: Washington Height: 6’3" Weight: 226 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.50 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 –

 

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

Locker very easily could have been the #1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, had he decided to declare early. However, he decided to stay in school and further develop his game as a quarterback. Locker has (read more…)

College Fantasy Football Rankings

July 17, 2010

Our friends at College Football Geek do a great job every year at breaking down the top players for college fantasy football. This year is no exception to that rule. Here’s a breakdown of the top players at each position as projected by CFG: QB – Case Keenum, Houston RB – Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State WR – Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma TE – Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin PK – Grant Ressel, Missouri To see the top 50 overall at each position, head over to our friends at College Football Geek!

AFC North Draft Grades

May 25, 2010

Continuing our Draft Grades series, let’s take a look at the AFC North.

Baltimore Ravens: A

The Ravens have consistently been one of the best teams at navigating the NFL Draft since they came into the league in 1996. This year was no different. Baltimore gets an automatic bump in their grade after trading a 3rd and 4th round pick for Anquan Boldin, but that’s not what earned them the A grade. General Manager Ozzie Newsome and his team skillfully worked the draft, getting back the picks they spent for the big time receiver from Arizona. According to one of our sources, Baltimore was set to take Dez Bryant with the 25th pick until Dallas moved up to draft him. At that point, Baltimore even seriously considered taking Sergio Kindle with the 25th pick, but the trade offer from Denver was too good to pass up. After (read more…)

The Post-Tebow era at Florida

May 19, 2010

Our friends at College Football Geek continue to keep us updated on what’s going on in the college football world. Recently, they answered the question, “what is in store for Florida now that Tim Tebow is gone?” By Joe Arpasi – College Football Geek For the last three seasons, quarterback Tim Tebow has been the heart and soul of the Florida Gator offense. With Tebow off to the NFL, head coach Urban Meyer must find a new direction for the offense in 2010. What’s the Scoop? Florida spent the last three seasons with quarterback Tim Tebow at the helm of the offense. The focus during that time period was a power running game based out of the shotgun, along with an efficient passing attack. Tim Tebow is now playing for the Denver Broncos, and the Gators’ offense is going through a transition. Heading into the spring, it was understood (read more…)

2010 Mock Draft Champions

May 10, 2010

For the second year in a row, Rob Engle and I put our heads together to come up with a 1 round mock draft and a top 100 overall players list for a scoring competition organized by our friends at The Huddle Report. This year, our efforts paid off in a big way. We hit 11 total picks in the first round, including the first 7 in a row! We were also one of the few mock drafts out there that had Tyson Alualu as a first round pick, which sealed the victory. See the complete mock draft by clicking here. Our mock scored better than other big name analysts like Mel Kiper and Rick Gosselin. Listed below are the results of the scoring. Be sure to check out The Huddle Report for the full listing! Spencer and Engle – Draft Breakdown – 50 points Dan Kadar (read more…)

AFC East Draft Grades

May 9, 2010

After taking some time to gather our bearings, we’re starting our official draft grades series. We’ll start with the AFC East, and work our way through every division in the NFL.

Buffalo Bills: C-

The Bills came into the draft with some serious holes. They were in dire need of a left tackle, a right tackle, and most likely, a quarterback. The Bills are also making the transition to a 3-4 defense, which will require new personnel. While Buffalo picked up some quality players, they overlooked their biggest need at left tackle. They drafted 2 offensive tackles (Ed Wang of Virginia Tech and Kyle Calloway of Iowa), but neither looks to have a career at left tackle. Buffalo hit their defensive line hard in the draft, adding Alex Carrington, who will play the 5 technique in their 3-4 defense and Torrell Troup, who is destined to be their (read more…)

Indy favorites to win the Super Bowl

May 1, 2010

With little to do but predict what will happen during the 2010 NFL season, it’s fun to take a look at who Vegas thinks is the favorite to make it to the Super Bowl, and who’s the favorite to win it all. Las Vegas NFL Football Odds show that the current favorite to win the Super Bowl is the Indianapolis Colts by a margin of 13/2. The Dallas Cowboys are 4/1 favorites to win the NFC at this point. Take a look at the top 10 teams to win the Super Bowl. Indianapolis: 13/2 Dallas: 8/1 New Orleans: 8/1 San Diego: 17/2 New England: 9/1 Green Bay: 19/2 Minnesota: 11/1 N.Y. Jets: 12/1 Baltimore: 14/1 N.Y. Giants: 15/1 Those odds are bound to change as the season gets closer and it will be interesting to see exactly how the 2010 draft class affects those odds.

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