Sean Spence, OLB, Miami(FL)
40 Time: 4.56
Grade: 6.0FHO (Grading Scale)
Arms: 31 1/2″ Hands: 9 1/4″
Vertical: 33.5″ Broad: 9’11″ 3 Cone: 7.46 Short Shuttle: 4.28 Bench: 12
Strengths: Undersized but athletic OLB prospect – Spence is a very instinctual player, is able to make pre-snap reads and diagnoses the play faster than any other defender on the field – Run and chase type linebacker, makes plays from sideline to sideline – Good quickness and lateral ability, has a good first step and is able – His quick reads allow him to beat blockers to the spot and make a lot of plays – Good tackler, doesn’t show any hesitation and is willing to put his body on the line – Emotional leader of the defense – Has had four years of quality production – Spence just understands how to play football, despite his physical limitations – Has good instincts in coverage – Can cover the flats and break on routes that are in front of him – Can turn and run and exhibits good hips – What separated Spence from other undersized linebackers is his ability to quickly diagnose and get there, his game all revolves around that.
Weaknesses: Size is a major concern, built more like a safety than a OLB – Strength is also a concern only able to do 12 reps on the bench, which is well below average for the position – Will struggle when the game gets physical – Biggest question mark for me besides size is his ability to get off blocks and play in the box – He struggled in college to free himself from blockers and it will only be more difficult in the pros – Plays undisciplined at times, over runs plays, bites on play fakes and takes a false step – Can certainly improve his hands – Not much of an edge rusher, not strong enough to beat most OT – Plays fast, but at the combine, he didn’t test out as the kind of athlete I expected – Not a fit for many NFL teams, going to have to play in a Tampa-2 type scheme where he is allowed to run free and play in space.
Last Updated: April 5, 2012