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#20 - 1st Round - Dallas, Marcus Spears, DE, Louisiana State

Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. 4lifecowboy

    4lifecowboy Active Member

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    Julius Jones + Marcus Spears = Damn we got over
  2. GTaylor

    GTaylor Gif Dude

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    Excellent!!! The 90s rotating defense is back!
  3. wiccgypsy1

    wiccgypsy1 Member

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    this draft is going exactly as Parcells and Jones have hoped it would. me too for that matter. :D
  4. Nors

    Nors Benched

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    great pick


    Thats exactly what we need - Dial in the 3-4

    #42 - We have to be hunting ILB/FS/WR at #42?
  5. jsond

    jsond Member

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    unless we take the bpa gotta think we are targetting FS/WR
  6. NicholasD

    NicholasD New Member

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    What an awesome pick, and it's especially great at #20. I can't wait to see what happens in the second round, Josh Bullocks maybe?
  7. flashback

    flashback Real Man of Genius

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    3-4, here we come
  8. Shotgun Dave

    Shotgun Dave Well-Known Member

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    It depends on who's available but I have to think the preference is Pool or Bullocks. That said, if Clayton or Roddy White is available Dallas would be hard-pressed to pass.
  9. Juke99

    Juke99 ...Abbey someone

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    Marcus Spears, DE, Louisiana State
    Height: 6:04.0 Weight: 298

    Marcus Spears

    Overview: Marcus Spears is a multi-talented and versatile defensive lineman. He is a player with tremendous power and an enormous wingspan who often draws a great deal attention from the offensive line. He is very athletic for a player of his size and was so highly regarded for his skills that coaches used him on both sides of the ball (defensive end and tight end) as a freshman in 2001. Spears was rated the best tight-end prospect in the country by every recruiting service during his senior year at Southern Lab (La.) High. He caught 28 passes for 435 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 245 yards and six scores and recorded 11.5 sacks with 22 stops for losses of 151 yards in his final prep season. Spears was the third-best overall prospect by Super Prep and was a consensus All-American (Parade, ESPN, Fox Sports, Super Prep, Prep Star, The Sporting News, USA Today) and also a member of the Baton Rouge Advocate's Super Dozen, the Shreveport Times Top 20 and the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 16 Blue Chip list. Spears was named first-team Class 1A All-State on both offense and defense, the first player to be honored on both sides of the ball in Louisiana in any class since 1991. He was also considered one of the nation's top basketball prospects. Heavily recruited in both football and basketball, Spears decided to stay at home and enrolled at Louisiana State. As a freshman at LSU, he was a reserve tight end on the and also played on the Tigers' basketball team. He saw action later that year on defense, making eight tackles (6 solo) with a sack. Spears took over left defensive end duties in 2002, collecting 46 tackles (31 solo) with three sacks, 16 quarterback pressures and two interceptions as a sophomore, despite suffering an ankle sprain in the seventh game of the season vs. South Carolina (would sit out vs. Auburn and the injury would hamper him throughout the second half of the season). In 2003, he earned All-Southeastern Conference honors, registering 49 tackles (32 solo) with six sacks, 13 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 23 pressures, an interception (which sealed the Sugar Bowl win over Oklahoma) and six pass deflections. In 2004, Spears appeared to be two different players. Earlier in the year, you could have found Waldo easier than Spears on the statistical charts (had a total of three tackles in a three-game span vs. Arkansas State, Auburn and Mississippi State). With the team struggling at the time, the Tigers needed Spears to step up or 2004 would have been a lost season. In the final five regular season games, he had at least two tackles for losses in each contest (Troy State, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Mississippi, Alabama), and moved up to fifth on the school's career-record list with 19 sacks under his belt. He closed out his senior campaign with 49 tackles (32 solo), nine sacks, 17 stops for losses, six pressures, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, an interception and two pass deflections. Through 48 games as a Tiger, he started 38 times. Spears closed out his career with 152 tackles (101 solo), 19 sacks for minus-131 yards, 34.5 stops for losses of 180 yards, 47 quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, four interceptions, 10 pass deflections and a blocked kick. Only Jarvis Green (20, 1998-2001), Gabe Northern (21, 1992-95), Ron Sancho (23, 1985-88) and Rydell Malancon (25, 1980-83) had more sacks in a career at Louisiana State. His 34.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage rank seventh on LSU's all-time list.

    Analysis: Positives Spears has good size, but appears soft and fleshy in the midsection. He has broad shoulders, a huge bubble, thick thighs and muscular calves. He is athletic enough to line up as a linebacker in blitzing situations and has the short area speed to handle a halfback in pass coverage. Spears displays excellent upper body strength and does a good job of keeping position at the point of attack. His power allows him to control and anchor with authority, but he needs to develop better hand usage in order to consistently shed and stack. Spears is best when operating near the line, as he excels when taking on a stationary blocker. He looks more like a 3-4 defensive end than one that can operate outside in a classic 4-3 alignment, much like Richard Seymour of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. He has good ability to locate the ball at the line, but can get washed out and will shut down his motor when his initial move fails in his attempts to disengage from the blocker. He has very good field awareness and can also operate as a drop end, but seems more comfortable when he can utilize his strength to control his side of the football and clog the rush lanes. He has a strong anchor vs. double teams, but needs to play at a lower pad level to be even more effective. When he breaks free into the backfield, he can be a very disruptive force. Spears has good explosion off the line of scrimmage to cause trouble in the backfield, but can be inconsistent. His lateral movement allows him to flow to the ball with ease and he is very effective giving chase from the backside. Spears does a good job of handling his assignment responsibilities, but with his athletic skills, you hope he would freelance more often. He seems to get too mechanical and conscious of those responsibilities and will miss a few plays due to this. As a pass rusher, he has a high pad level, but is active and can work off the offensive guard's edge. He has a quick swim move that he utilizes quite a bit to break free. Until the second half of 2004, he was just too inconsistent in attempts to apply pressure. He needs to do a better job with his hands in shedding, but does have the strength to accomplish that feat (lacks technique). Even though he ranks fifth in school history with 19 sacks, he is just an average pass rusher who must use his hands better. Until he can develop better hand usage, he will generate production as a bull rusher who can ocassionally dip and take the corner. When he comes off the snap uncontested, Spears can really zero in on the quarterback. His problems happen when he does not generate enough knee lift and foot speed, as he does a marginal job of generating the burst needed to track down the ball from the back side. He seems to look for the free lane to the quarterback too much, but if he can get more forceful with his hands, Spears would have better success in collapsing the pocket. If the second half of 2004 is any indication, Spears is finally starting to come into his own. I am not really convinced that he can have great success as a classic 4-3 defensive end. But, with a lot of NFL teams using the 3-4 alignment, he could be productive like New England standouts Richard Seymour and Ty Warren. Maintaining that 2004 second half consistency at the Senior Bowl gives Spears an opportunity to sneak into the end of the first round. This is strictly a boom-or-bust type of athlete, but he looks like he is about to emerge as a productive and disruptive force.


    Agility tests: 5.03 in the 40-yard dash...405-pound bench press...530-pound squat...308-pound power clean...34-inch vertical jump...9'1" broad jump...33 3/8-inch arm length...10 3/8-inch hands...Right-handed...15/34 Wonderlic score.

    High school: Attended Southern University (Baton Rouge, La.) Lab High, playing football for coach Eric Randall. ... Rated the tight end prospect and the third-best overall prospect in the country by Super Prep. ... Consensus All-American choice (Parade, ESPN, Fox Sports, Super Prep, Prep Star, The Sporting News, USA Today). ... Also a member of the Baton Rouge Advocate's Super Dozen, the Shreveport Times Top 20 and the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 16 Blue Chip list for the state of Louisiana. ... First-Team Class 1A All-State pick on both offense and defense, the first player to be honored on both sides of the ball in Louisiana in any class since 1991. ... Caught 28 passes for 435 yards and three touch-downs and added 245 yards rushing and six scores as a senior. ... On defense, he registered 22 tackles for 151 yards in losses to go with 11.5 sacks, and four fumble recoveries. ... Was considered one of the nation's top basketball prospects as well.

    Personal: Communication Studies major...Active in community service projects in the Baton Rouge area...Sister, Deidre, played basketball for LSU in the 1990s. ... Son of Irma and Ebray Spears...Born Marcus Raishon Spears on 3/08/83 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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  10. jsond

    jsond Member

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    he can also be our 3rd TE on goal line postions..i am officialy in love with this draft!! great value, awesome runstuffer, great 3-4 DE...love it!
  11. AsthmaField

    AsthmaField Outta bounds

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    This was my dream draft!

    Spears at end with Ware walking up off of his hip... we are going to put some serious pressure on the QB!

    Parcells must be about to wet himself. It fell perfect for him!

    Base 3-4 is here guys. I wouldn't be surprised to see Blackstock at 42.

    THUMPER Papa

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    Even though I was hoping for Derrick Johnson, I am very happy with the combination of Ware and Spears. This will give us an outstanding front-7 which was our biggest area of need.

    Now we just have to hope that Bradie James can step it up. Not sure what we do with Singleton since he doesn't fit very well but he gives us depth at the least.

    Great picks Bill/Jerry!

    Pool at #42? I hope so.
  13. SanTexCowboy

    SanTexCowboy Member

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    Hello 3-4 defense!
  14. StonetheCrow77

    StonetheCrow77 Member

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    how much does this remind you of J. Abraham and S. Ellis for the Jets?
  15. kiheikiwi

    kiheikiwi Maui No Ka Oi

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    O.K. now the first pick makes scence.These two picks in combination are fantastic ! 3/4 defence with imediate depth on the line, What Spears lacks in passrushing speed, Ware has it, what Ware lacks in size, Spears has it and some. So far this is a great draft. Also, Julius Jones and Marcus Spears for Losman - Buffalo got hosed!!!
  16. LatinG187

    LatinG187 Defense Wins Championships

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    I love both of our picks.These two guys will be a big help to our defense.
  17. StanleySpadowski

    StanleySpadowski Active Member

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    If the 3-4 is really here, who do you bench or trade, Glover or Ellis.

    Didn't draft Spears to sit on the bench, didn't pay Ferguson that money to sit. Who goes?

    Or is this 3-4 talk BS like 98% of the other fecal matter that spews from the mouths of OSPN (Occasionally Sports Programming Network, brought to you by"Tilt") mouthpieces.
  18. LatinG187

    LatinG187 Defense Wins Championships

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    I would say Ellis.Glover has held his own.
  19. jterrell

    jterrell Penguinite

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    especially with rodgers sitting onthe board at 20.
  20. Nors

    Nors Benched

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    3-4 And We'll Retain Ability To Play Some 4-3!!!!!

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