Lions Set Up Interview With OL Draft Prospect

A league source has told Scout.com that University of Pittsburgh offensive lineman Charles Spencer has visits set up for the near future with the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. Much more inside.

A league source has told Scout.com that University of Pittsburgh offensive lineman Charles Spencer has visits set up for the near future with the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Spencer, at 6-4, 352lb, has become one of the more interesting offensive guard prospects that will be available in April's draft. Scout.com has him rated just behind Georgia's Max Jean-Gilles and Oklahoma's Charles Spencer. During the Indianapolis combine, he ran the 40 in 5.28 seconds.

The guard position is one that Detroit will look to improve prior to the season. The team already signed veteran Rex Tucker for depth purposes, but it still lacks a quantifiable presence beside left tackle Jeff Backus.

Spencer will likely be available as a day two selection. He has already spoken with the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals.

Scouting Report:

Full Name: Charles Spencer School: Pittsburgh Pos: G

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 352 40: 5.36 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Former defensive lineman who moved to the offensive side of the ball as a junior, then proceeded to win All-Conference honors the following two years. Used at left tackle as a senior after playing guard the prior year.

Pos: Big, strong blocker with a good degree of upside. Athletic, plays with leverage and moves opponents off the line. Displays good hand punch, pushes rushers from their angle of attack and works assignments. Effective position blocker on the second level. Patient in pass protection and anchors at the point.

Neg: Lacks blocking range and top footwork. Poorly conditioned and seemingly skates through plays at times.

Analysis: Ever-improving on the offensive line, Spencer made major strides in his game the past two years. Has starting potential at the next level yet must put forth consistent effort and properly condition himself.


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