Scouting Report: Sean Weatherspoon
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Interdisciplinary studies major with a focus on communications at Missouri.
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.
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