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Scouting Report: Brandon Spikes

Written by Will Spencer on January 10, 2010

Brandon Spikes

Position: ILB School: Florida Height: 6’2 7/8" Weight: 249 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.01 Overall Grade: 6.03 Draft Projection: Late 2nd round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 3 Quickness/Agility 10 6.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8.5 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 7 Character 6 3 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7.5 Potential 10 8

Linebacker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Run Stopping 8 7 Coverage 8 5 Pass Rushing 8 6 Tackling 8 6.5 Instincts 8 7 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 4.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Shows good instincts for an inside linebacker and does a good job with play recognition. Excellent in run support and can usually read blockers to see where the ball carrier will be going. Solid ability to flow to the ball when the (read more…)

Scouting Report: Tim Tebow

Written by Will Spencer on January 8, 2010

Tim Tebow

Position: QB School: Florida Height: 6’2 3/4" Weight: 236 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.72 Overall Grade: 6.19 Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Non-position specific categories

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

Quarterback Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Decision Making 10 5.5 Arm Strength 7 3.5 Accuracy 10 5.5 Mechanics/Footwork 7 3 Mobility 6 5 Release Quickness 8 4.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

The intangibles that Tebow brings to the table are second to none. An outstanding competitor that knows what it takes to win. Tebow is durable, tough and unafraid of contact. Very thick build, which has helped with the many hits he has taken (read more…)

Scouting Report: CJ Spiller

Written by Will Spencer on January 1, 2010

C.J. Spiller

Position: RB School: Clemson Height: 5’10 5/8" Weight: 196 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.37 Overall Grade: 7.11 Draft Projection: 1st round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 8 Quickness/Agility 10 9.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 9

Running Back Specific Categories

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

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

An unusually shifty and quick running back. Spiller can hit the outside against most defenders and uses his quickness to (read more…)

Scouting Report: Taylor Mays

Written by Will Spencer on January 1, 2010

Taylor Mays

Position: Safety School: USC Height: 6’3 1/8" Weight: 230 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.31 Overall Grade: 6.74 Draft Projection: 1st/2nd round Fringe

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 8 Quickness/Agility 10 9 Strength/Explosion 10 9.5 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 8 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 7.5 Potential 10 10

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 5.5 Man Coverage 10 6.5 Zone Coverage 10 7 Tackling 6 4.5 Run Stopping 6 4.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 5 Physicality 6 5.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Displays rare combination of size and speed. Mays has the range to cover the field like a pro free safety but the size and physicality to hit like a strong safety. Does a good job breaking (read more…)

Brian Price to enter NFL Draft

Written by Will Spencer on December 30, 2009

Brian Price

DT – UCLA Junior 6’2″ 300 lbs

According to College Football Talk, UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price will be declaring for the NFL Draft. After the Bruins bowl victory over Temple, Price told reporters his intentions to declare for the draft. Price became a hot name in the draft community this season as his combination of size and speed make him a disruptive force in the trenches. Price led the nation with 22 tackles for a loss and was named the Pac-10 defensive player of the year. We have Price listed as a sure-fire first round draft pick and would normally go much higher in the draft if it wasn’t for the incredible talent at the defensive tackle position in this year’s NFL Draft. Price has the tools to go anywhere from the late teens to mid-twenties in the first round.

Official Senior Bowl acceptance list

Written by Will Spencer on December 20, 2009

Though many are invited, only a few officially announce that they’ll be participating in the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Here’s a list of those players have have been officially announced by the Senior Bowl committee. This is just the start of Draft Breakdown’s Senior Bowl coverage. We’ll be live in Mobile starting on January 24th and will be there through the game on January 30th. Check back for frequent updates! Quarterbacks Jarrett Brown – West Virginia Sean Canfield – Oregon State Dan LeFevour – Central Michigan Tony Pike – Cincinnati Zac Robinson – Oklahoma State Tim Tebow – Florida Running Backs Joique Bell – Wayne State Chris Brown – Oklahoma Anthony Dixon – Mississippi State Montario Hardesty – Tennessee Rashawn Jackson – Virginia Stafon Johnson – USC Ben Tate – Auburn Charles Scott – LSU Wide Receivers

Jake Locker to return for Senior season

Written by Will Spencer on December 14, 2009

Jake Locker

QB – Washington Junior 6’3″ 226 lbs

Washington quarterback Jake Locker announced today that he will return for his senior season for the Huskies. Locker, who many regarded as possibly the first quarterback to be taken in the 2010 NFL Draft decided that he needs another season under his belt before going to the NFL, stating “After a great deal of careful thought and deliberation, I have decided to return to Washington and play my senior year.” According to the most recent mock draft by Todd McShay at ESPN.com, Locker was the number one overall pick, going to the St. Louis Rams. We at Draft Breakdown.com agreed that if Locker were to enter the 2010 NFL Draft, he would be the first quarterback taken in the draft. Perhaps Jimmy Clausen, Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy should all cover Locker’s final year of living expenses at Washington….he just (read more…)

Mark Ingram wins Heisman Trophy

Written by Will Spencer on December 12, 2009

Mark Ingram

RB – Alabama Sophomore 5’10″ 215 lbs

Alabama running back Mark Ingram was named the 75th winner of the Heisman Trophy tonight. This is the 2nd straight season a sophomore has been the recipient of the award. Ingram won the award on the heels of a dominate performance against Florida in the SEC Championship game. Florida came into the game with the #1 ranked defense in the nation, and Ingram exploited their weaknesses. Ingram finished the game with 28 carries for 113 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Ingram was also a threat receiving the ball, catching 2 passes for 76 yards, one of which went for 69 yards. Ingram finished the season with 1542 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in what is arguably the toughest overall and defensive conference in all of college football. The 75th annual Heisman Trophy was the closest race in history as Ingram (read more…)

Declared Underclassmen

Written by Will Spencer on December 6, 2009

It’s the end of the college football season and what news is bigger for draftniks than what eligible underclassmen will declare for the draft. Draft Breakdown will bring keep a running list of the underclassmen that declare for the draft and once they declare, they’ll be added into the seniors in our rankings. The deadline for NCAA underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft is January 15, 2010 and players have 72 hours to change their minds. Quarterbacks Sam Bradford – Oklahoma Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame Jevan Snead – Ole Miss

Running Backs Toney Baker – North Carolina State Jahvid Best – California Jonathan Dwyer – Georgia Tech Darius Marshall – Marshall Ryan Mathews – Fresno State Joe McKnight – USC Shawnbrey McNeil – SMU

Wide Receivers Chris Bell – Norfolk State Arrelious Benn – Illinois Dezmon Briscoe – Kansas Antonio Brown – Central Michigan Dez Bryant (read more…)

Award finalists announced

Written by Will Spencer on November 29, 2009

Each year, the top college prospects hope to hear their name called at a few award ceremonies before they hear it called on draft day. Check out what awards your favorite prospects are up for. Bednarik Award – Best defensive player Terrence Cody – DT – Alabama Brandon Spikes – LB – Florida Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska ** WINNER ** Biletnikoff Award – Best wide receiver Freddie Barnes – WR – Bowling Green Jordan Shipley – WR – Texas Golden Tate – WR – Notre Dame ** WINNER ** Butkus Award – Best linebacker Sergio Kindle – LB – Texas Rolando McClain – LB – Alabama ** WINNER ** Eric Norwood – LB – South Carolina Brandon Spikes – LB – Florida Sean Weatherspoon – LB – Missouri William V. Campbell Award – Top scholar-athlete John Asamoah – G – Illinois Matt Bauman – LB – BYU Eric (read more…)

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