Scouting Report: Sean Weatherspoon

Written by Will Spencer on March 22, 2010




Sean Weatherspoon


Position: LB School: Missouri
Height: 6’1 1/4" Weight: 239 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.68

Overall Grade:

7.25

Draft Projection:

First Round



Draft Breakdown Red Star Player


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 9
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 7.5
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 6
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 10


Linebacker Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Run Stopping 8 7
Coverage 8 7
Pass Rushing 8 5
Tackling 8 8
Instincts 8 7.5
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7.5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

An absolute tackle machine. Weatherspoon reads his keys well and flows to the ball effectively. Does a nice job wading through trash to get to the ball carrier. Reads blocks and fills holes very well. Range in coverage is above average and does a nice job in working the zone in the middle of the field. Played Will in the 4-3 defense for Missouri but excelled as a Mike backer at the Senior Bowl. A tremendous leader on and off the field and was basically an on-field coach for Missouri. Production is through the roof. Once he locates the ball, he flies to the ball carrier and makes sure tackles. Fundamentally sound. Not afraid of contact or taking on bigger blockers/runners. Has tremendous upper and lower body strength, performing 34 reps on the bench at the combine and holds the squat record at Missouri of 775.

Weaknesses

Will allow physical blockers to get into his shoulder pads and can be taken out of the play. Weatherspoon often tries to run around blockers rather than taking them on, shedding, and getting to the ball. Will sometimes be fooled by misdirection but can use his quickness to make up for it. Isn’t a huge hitter, but is a fundamentally sound tackler.

Analysis

Weatherspoon could find himself having a London Fletcher type NFL career as a tackle machine and an anchor for a team’s defense. Known as “Spoon,” he’s the type of player that will never have an off-field incident and will constantly keep his team motivated and working in the right direction. Spoon is the type of player you want on the field for your defense as he is fundamentally sound and has a high football IQ. He may be looked at to play middle linebacker in a 4-3 defense at the next level, but playing as a Will backer should be best as he could run free more often than not. Will also be an immediate impact player on special teams.

Experience

Weatherspoon is a three year starter at Missouri.

Awards and Honors

2009: 1st team All-Big 12. Butkus Award finalist.
2008: 1st team All-Big 12. 3rd team All-American.
2007: 1st team All-Big 12.
2006: n/a

Academics

Interdisciplinary studies major with a focus on communications at Missouri.

Injuries

Played through torn labrum during 2008 spring practice and then had surgery to repair it before regular season. Did not miss a start due to injury.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 103 67 36 4 1 1 0
2008 149 73 76 5 0 3 2
2007 124 71 53 3 2 0 0
2006 12 7 5 0 0 0 0



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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. See all posts by Will Spencer.