Finding Broncos: Scouting Colorado WR Nelson Spruce

The final receiver that MHH Draft Analyst Erick Trickel scouts is a Colorado Buffalo. Could he be a fit with the professional team in Colorado, the Broncos?

http://www.scout.com/player/133652-nelson-spruce?s=101

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 4.69 SEC

BENCH PRESS: 12 REPS

VERTICAL JUMP: 35.0 INCH

BROAD JUMP: 114.0 INCH

3-CONE DRILL: 7.09 SEC

20-YARD SHUTTLE: 4.20 SEC

60-YARD SHUTTLE: 11.90 SEC

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Only three drops on 288 targets
  • Willing to take hits over the middle
  • Can make the consisted catches on a regular basis
  • Good return man and a fearless returner
  • Can change his speed in and out of routes to get separation
  • Clever with his double moves
  • Good strength to fight through press
  • Solid blocker, despite lacking technique
  • Excellent production
  • Hard worker on and off the field
  • Good character

Cons

  • Limited speed and quickness
  • Defenders know he doesn’t have a top end gear
  • Balance
  • Lacks proper technique when asked to block
  • Not a high pointing receiver
  • Compact build without long limbs
  • Limited athlete

Overall Thoughts

When looking for a receiver/returner in the fifth round and later, Nelson Spruce is the one to look at. I am a big fan of Spruce, despite his limited athleticism. He is a hard worker and will do whatever he needs to in order to help his team win. When it comes to the Denver Broncos, the true value he brings comes as a returner.

The Broncos need a returner who can help them. They have Jordan Norwood, but he has never been able to cut it as a return man. Spruce adds competition there, and can have an impact as part of the receiving corps and keeping others fresh. If Spruce is there in the fifth/sixth round for the the Broncos, they should look his way.

Broncos Round Projection: Mid 5th-Late 6th

Where He Goes: Mid 4th-Mid 6th

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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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