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.


Scouting Report: Thaddeus Gibson

April 23, 2010

Thaddeus Gibson

Position: OLB School: Ohio State Height: 6’2″ Weight: 243 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.78 Overall Grade: 6.06 Draft Projection: Late 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 5 Quickness/Agility 10 7 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 4 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 8.5

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 5.5 Coverage 8 4 Pass Rushing 8 5.5 Tackling 8 6 Instincts 8 6 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very versatile defender. Projects very well to a 3-4 outside linebacker. Has experience starting at both defensive end and outside linebacker. Uses his hands well to keep blockers at bay while flowing to the ball. Excellent instincts. Solid tackler. Explosive first step (read more…)

Scouting Report: John Jerry

April 23, 2010

John Jerry

Position: OG School: Ole Miss Height: 6’5 3/8“ Weight: 328 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.20 Overall Grade: 6.26 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 5.5 Quickness/Agility 10 6 Strength/Explosion 10 8.5 Athletic Ability 8 5 Durability 8 8 Character 6 5.5 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 7.5 Potential 10 7.5

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 7.5 Run Blocking 10 7 Awareness 8 6 Hand Placement 6 5 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 4 Footwork 8 5.5 Leverage 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Excellent height/weight combo. Strong and locks long arms onto defenders (34″). Fires off the ball at the snap. Can completely man-handle smaller defensive lineman. Finishes blocks. Loves the pancake blocks. Handles most one on one bull rushers with (read more…)

Scouting Report: Dexter McCluster

April 23, 2010

Dexter McCluster

Position: RB School: Ole Miss Height: 5’8 3/4“ Weight: 172 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.56 Overall Grade: 6.21 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 2.5 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 9.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 7.5 Durability 8 4.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 8 Potential 10 8

Running Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Between the tackles 8 4 Outside the tackles 8 7.5 Receiving 6 5 Ball carrying 8 4.5 Vision 10 9.5 Elusiveness 8 7.5 Pass Blocking 8 4 Leg Drive 8 5.5 Break Tackle 8 5.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Super quick athlete that is a terror every time he has the ball in his hand. Superb vision as a runner and is patient when blocks are (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ben Tate

April 23, 2010

Ben Tate

Position: RB School: Auburn Height: 5’11″ Weight: 220 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.44 Overall Grade: 6.11 Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 6.5 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 6.5 Potential 10 7.5

Running Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Between the tackles 8 5 Outside the tackles 8 7 Receiving 6 4 Ball carrying 8 4 Vision 10 7.5 Elusiveness 8 6 Pass Blocking 8 6 Leg Drive 8 5.5 Break Tackle 8 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very quick with excellent straight line speed. Ideal size and bulk. A downhill runner that hits the crease as soon as he sees it. Likes to bounce outside (read more…)

Scouting Report: Brandon Ghee

April 23, 2010

Brandon Ghee

Position: CB School: Wake Forest Height: 5’11 5/8“ Weight: 192 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.40 Overall Grade: 5.94 Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 7.5 Strength/Explosion 10 5.5 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 6 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 3.5 Toughness 8 5.5 Potential 10 7.5

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 7.5 Man Coverage 10 7 Zone Coverage 10 8 Tackling 6 4.5 Run Stopping 6 3 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 5.5 Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Excellent size and speed. Can be physical with the receivers and redirect them off the line. Above average ball skills and has long arms (32 1/2“). Decent hips and can change directions without loosing much (read more…)

Scouting Report: Arthur Jones

April 22, 2010

Arthur Jones

Position: DT School: Syracuse Height: 6’3 1/4“ Weight: 301 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: -.– Overall Grade: 5.71 Draft Projection: 3rd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 6 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 7 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 2 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 4.5 Potential 10 8.5

Defensive Line Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 5 Pass Rushing 8 6.5 Awareness 8 5 Hand Placement 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Perfect size and length for a 5 technique (3-4 end) but is versatile enough to play the 3 tech (4-3 tackle). Very quick and agile. Powerful when he wants to be and plays with good technique. Very good pass rusher with a variety of pass rush moves including (read more…)

Scouting Report: Chris Cook

April 22, 2010

Chris Cook

Position: CB School: Virginia Height: 6’2″ Weight: 212 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.44 Overall Grade: 6.82 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 6 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7.5 Potential 10 9.5

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 8.5 Man Coverage 10 8 Zone Coverage 10 8 Tackling 6 4.5 Run Stopping 6 4.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7 Physicality 6 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

A very physical corner. Tremendous size for the position. Well above average speed and athleticism. Flips hips and changes directions easily. Aggressive with receivers. Does a nice job playing up on the line and redirecting the receivers route. (read more…)

Scouting Report: Patrick Robinson

April 22, 2010

Patrick Robinson

Position: CB School: Florida State Height: 5’11 1/4“ Weight: 190 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.47 Overall Grade: 6.35 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5.5 Speed 8 7 Quickness/Agility 10 8.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 7 Durability 8 7 Character 6 3 Production/Experience 6 3 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 8.5

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 7.5 Man Coverage 10 8.5 Zone Coverage 10 8 Tackling 6 4.5 Run Stopping 6 4 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5 Physicality 6 3.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very quick and athletic. Smooth backpedal and good footwork. Flips hips and changes directions easily. Can run with most wide receivers without allowing separation. When in zone coverage, can read the QB’s eyes while keeping an (read more…)

Scouting Report: Rodger Saffold

April 22, 2010

Rodger Saffold

Position: OT School: Indiana Height: 6’4 5/8“ Weight: 316 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.24 Overall Grade: 6.44 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 5.5 Quickness/Agility 10 6.5 Strength/Explosion 10 7 Athletic Ability 8 5.5 Durability 8 6.5 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 8.5

Offensive Lineman Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Pass Blocking 10 8.5 Run Blocking 10 8 Awareness 8 7.5 Hand Placement 6 5.5 Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 4.5 Footwork 8 6.5 Leverage 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Very experienced offensive lineman that began starting at left tackle during his freshman season. Good awareness. Uses his hands well to latch on blockers. Natural knee bender. Plays through the whistle and finishes blocks. Thick, strong build with long (read more…)

The enigma that is the Steelers offensive line

April 22, 2010

By special guest writer, AJ Barravechio When you think of the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line, what comes to mind? Due to the image that has been portrayed for years now, it probably makes you think of sacks upon sacks. While this does appear to be a major problem for the Steelers, who is to be blamed for this? The line themselves? The quarterback that is heralded as “elite?” The coaching staff and their schemes? While it is easy to believe that the line should bear the full burden of protecting the quarterback, sometimes we have to look closely at the situation in order to discover the truth.

It seems that for the past four years, national as well as local media have been calling for the Steelers to draft an offensive lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft. Many mock drafts have been shown with Pittsburgh (read more…)

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