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Seahawks.NET Draft Report: Chris Spencer
FIRST ROUND (26TH PICK OVERALL):
With the 26th pick in the first round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Mississippi G/C Chris Spencer.
SCOUT.COM PLAYER OVERVIEW:
Chris Spencer School: Mississippi
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 309 Year: 4Jr
Bio: Moved into the starting lineup on a fulltime basis last year and was named all-conference. Saw extensive playing time at both center and guard.
Positives: Athletic blocker explosive at the point of attack. Quickly gets into blocks and easily rides defenders from their angle of attack. Jolts opponents and displays explosion at the point. Tough, and stays with the action until the whistle blows. Effective on the second level, adjusts or redirects to linebackers and gets results blocking on the move. Fundamentally sound and works well with linemates.
Negatives: Stiff in his upper body and must improve his hand placement. Needs work on shotgun snaps.
Analysis:A terrific prospect who offers a good degree of upside, Spencer has continually progressed on the college level. Effectively snapped to three different quarterbacks in 2004, and while he needs to iron out the details of his game, a prospect who could eventually start in the NFL.
DOING THE MATH: 5.21 in the 40-yard dash … 3.01 20-yard dash … 1.80 10-yard dash … 4.59 20-yard shuttle … 8.06 three-cone drill … 32-inch vertical jump … 8-foot-9 broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times … 33½-inch arm length … 10 7/8-inch hands.
THE .NET REPORT
Scott Eklund: Spencer, when he came to Ole Miss, was the top rated offensive line prospect coming out of the entire country. For the last four seasons, he has played against arguably the best competition in the country in the SEC and that experience will pay off in spades with his maturity coming in. He is versatile, playing all three interior line spots, but his best spot is at center. With Robbie Tobeck aging and lacking the ideal bulk for a center, Spencer’s ability to possibly step in right away, or at the very least in his second season, make him a solid pick this late in the first round. The Hawks tipped their hand about two weeks ago, when Spencer was brought in for a long visit with the team and he now adds a bit of a youth movement to the pivot spot that was sorely needed.
Ryan Rigmaiden: Definitely a surprising pick in the first, but Spencer is the best center in the Draft and should be able to take over for Tobeck in the near future. I definitely had higher ranked players on my board (Matt Roth and Khalif Barnes) and thought the 'Hawks could've added talent elsewhere, but Spencer's talent is undeniable. Expect him to push for starting time next year.
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