Team: Washington Redskins
Vernon Hills (Ill.)
35-inch vertical jump
20 reps on bench press
Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
No. 33 wide receiver in the draft
No. 263 overall prospect
Ohio State Career: Spencer came to Ohio State as a solid prospect with an even better pedigree. A four-star recruit and the 139th player in the nation coming out of high school, much was expected out of the son of Tim Spencer, the third-leading rusher in Ohio State history who is currently the running backs coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Spencer caught just three passes as a freshman, but introduced himself to the nation with a miraculous one-handed catch for his first career reception against Akron. He finished the season with 78 yards receiving and one touchdown.
Moving in to a more prominent role as a sophomore, Spencer cracked the two-deep for Ohio State in 2012 and played in all 12 games for the Buckeyes. Though he did not find the end zone that season he was fourth on the team with 12 catches and 136 yards receiving. He also began to show a talent for blocking that would ensure him a place on the field for the rest of his career.
Spencer played in all 14 games and started 12 times for the Buckeyes in his junior season. He had a steady, if not spectacular 2013 season, finishing fourth on the team in both receptions and yards with 22 and 216, respectively. He scored three times and was consistently praised by the coaching staff for his all-around play at the position and dedication to blocking down field and to special teams.
While the statistics didn’t always show it – Spencer had just 15 receptions for 149 yards in 2014 – Spencer shined as a senior. Retroactively named a captain and labeled the MVP of the Buckeyes national championship season by head coach Urban Meyer, Spencer was the unquestioned leader of the wide receivers with his calm demeanor and relentless worth ethic. His versatility was on full display in the Sugar Bowl when he tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to fellow receiver Michael Thomas on his only attempt of the season.
Spencer Says: "I try to be a servant to my guys and I do whatever I can for them and whatever I can do to win games. It's good that that's getting praised, I guess.
“I go out there and I bust my butt every time I can and I do what I can. I guess I'm glad people are noticing, but that's not my main focus. My main focus is not to make sure everybody else sees it, it's to make sure the job gets done."