2006 Draft Preview: OG Charles Spencer

The University of Pittsburgh's Charles Spencer is a player climbing up several draft boards as he is being viewed as a player with a ton of upside. Seahawks.NET's Scott Eklund takes a look at his abilities and where he is projected to go in this month's NFL Draft.

3. Charles Spencer, OG Pittsburgh 6-5, 342 (5.28)

NFL Comparison – Zach Piller, Tennessee Titans

Overview –

Outstanding athlete with his only limitations being inexperience. Played defensive tackle until his junior season when he made the switch to the offensive side of the ball. Earned second team All Big East his first year at the position. Versatile enough to play tackle, but projects to guard at the next level.

Run-blocking –

Excellent feet and quickness for a man his dimensions. Spencer has a bit of nasty in him when blocking defenders and finishes his blocks well. Does well in space and when asked to hit moving targets on sweeps and traps. Rarely takes a bad angle and even though he lacks experience, he has excellent technique. Very physical. Already a top run-blocker.

Pass-blocking –

Has quick feet, long arms and slides well in protection. He struggles at times picking up stunts and blitzes, but that should come with experience. Very intelligent and is very coachable. Extends his arms in protection and mirrors pass-rushers well. Initial strike stuns rushers and usually give him the upper-hand.

Roster impact on Seattle –

Spencer would fit perfectly along the offensive line as a backup his rookie season. He could start for a team desperate for help, but with the Hawks he would be able to learn behind Chris Gray with the anticipation he could be the starter during his second year with the team. He would be a true road-grader, able to open holes for RB Shaun Alexander on a regular basis.

Final Analysis –

Spencer hasn't gotten as much pub as other guards available this year, but that's only because of his lack of experience. A shoulder injury in 2004 might concern some teams, but team doctors have given him a clean bill of health. He's an excellent offensive line prospect and is currently earning late second round grades. Teams selecting earlier in round two that need offensive line help like Detroit, Houston, Tennessee and San Francisco may take a chance on him, but he could fall a bit behind more experienced players allowing teams later in the second or even early in the third an opportunity to land a player with a tons of upside.

Scott Eklund writes and reports for Seahawks.NET and Dawgman.com. Feel free to contact him at sctthawk@yahoo.com.


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