Finding Broncos: Scouting Offensive Lineman Jason Spriggs

He's climbing up multiple draft boards, but does MHH's draft expert think he could be a potential Bronco?

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Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 4.94 SEC
BENCH PRESS: 31 REPS
BROAD JUMP: 115.0 INCH
3 CONE DRILL: 7.70 SEC
20-YARD SHUTTLE: 4.44 SEC

Pros

-Great for a zone scheme offense
-Athletic
-Long arms
-Good frame to add a bit more bulk
-Four year starter
-No serious injury history
-Great character on and off the field
-Great bend
-Understands leverage and importance of it
-High football IQ
-Tough and Mean, always looking to finish with his man on the ground
-Excellent when blocking on the move
-Excellent technique
-Good power
-Well-round blocker in both run and pass game
-High ceiling
-Potential to play either tackle position
-Great lateral agility
-Great balance
-Amazing hand work

Cons

-Needs to improve overall strength
-Footwork, while quick, it can be far too sloppy
-Over-sets too often in pass protection
-Over aggressive at times and doesn’t recover well-enough to make up for it
-Needs to be prepare for the increased strength, physicality and toughness of NFL DL
-Needs to work on his timing with his punch
-Has to improve his ability to anchor
-Will need coaching to help him deal with quick pass rush moves to the inside
-Very grabby with his hands
-Will need work to get better at controlling DL, especially at the NFL level
-Not a day one starter right now, but could be by season start

Overall Thoughts

There is a lot to like when it comes to Spriggs, and a lot to dislike as well. The coaching staff of the Broncos will need to be ready to work with him and coach him up in order to get him ready. He isn’t a day one starter right now, but with Ryan Clady coming back from injury, and likely at a reduced rate, along with Ty Sambrailo returning, it gives the Broncos the ability to give Spriggs time. Come training camp, depending on his progress, Spriggs could be in a battle with Sambrailo for the right tackle position. Spriggs would provide an option for left tackle down the road, with a lot of improvement, which then provides future options with Ryan Clady.

There are a lot of concerns with Spriggs, especially his adapting to the increased levels of strength, athleticism and toughness at the NFL level, where he will face much tougher competition than he ever did at Indiana. With the concerns about his footwork and dealing with quick moves to the inside, some NFL pass rushers would give him fits without a lot of coaching and work put into fixing these concerns. Otherwise, it’ll be a rough time for Spriggs should he get the start.

Broncos Round Projection: Early-mid 2nd.

Where He Goes: top 25.

Per sources, Spriggs caught a lot more attention at the combine and he was already attracting a lot. He answered some questions for teams, and moved up to the number two or three offensive tackle on multiple teams boards. With the quality of play from NFL offensive linemen, and tackles in general, this could see Spriggs long gone before the Broncos pick.

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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