Marcus Spears Vitals
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Scout.com Draft Ranking: 18th overall, 4th at position
Projected draft slot:Mid-to late-first
Spears is a well-sized, athletic defensive lineman who offers a good degree of upside potential. He's forceful up the field, plays through blocks and is quick changing direction to pursue the action laterally. Displays an explosive inside move, reads the action and quick locating the ball.
He must improve his tackling technique. Spears is rather easily held up at the point by ordinary opponents and does not always seem in a hurry to get involved in the action or pursue the play if it's not in his immediate vicinity.
A prototype of a big, athletic defensive end who needs to improve on his fundamentals in order to succeed in the NFL
Marcus Spears is a potential star in the NFL. He's also a potential bust.
His athletic ability can't be denied. He made the all-SEC freshman team—as a tight end. Spears also lined up at fullback that year. All of the measurables—height, weight, speed, and so on are good to excellent. There's no question that he can be a dominant NFL defensive end.
That is, if he wants to be. As one Scout.com report put it, "Spears offers early first round physical skills yet has late first day motivation. . . (he) must start to apply himself on a consistent basis to ever reach the potential he possesses." His motor is not always running. The fact that he has to work on his tackling technique after four years of big-time college football suggests that he might not work as hard in practice as he should if he wants to be a star at the next level.
Fit With Redskins
If he's on his game, he can be a good choice for the middle ground between a run-stopping specialist at defensive end and a pure speed pass rusher from the edge. Spears possess some of the best attributes of both of those prototypes. Gregg Williams and Joe Gibbs will have to take a long, hard look at him if he's there when their turn comes up, but they'll also have to take a good look at themselves to determine if they're sure that they can push the right buttons to motivate him to perform to his potential.
Spears on Spears
"Not holding blocks up, getting to the ball – penetration. That is what I do."Others on Spears
"You have to just be yourself throughout the process. If you are not, they will find out. Be yourself and use the good things that you have and if you have some bad things, you better let them know about it. I am fortunate not to have any."
"There were some flashes that you can't deny. A star that has shined real bright."