Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 22, 2005.
From Oakland via the NY Jets
Seahawks select...Chris Spencer, C Mississippi.
Miller, Jackson, or Cody. I'll say Miller.
Local Seachickens fans are PISSED!!
rather boring pick but could be a good one.
I think Al Johnson is better.
I would have taken Marcus Johnson from the same Ole Miss OL.
MJ can play RT.
This was a need pick and if you are going to reach for need then trading down as they did makes sense. The Texans did the same thing.
Chris Spencer, OC, Mississippi
Height: 6:02.7 Weight: 309
Overview: Spencer is an unheralded athlete with only one year of starting experience, but so impressed the pro scouts during the 2004 campaign that he is now regarded as one of the elite blockers in college football. Surrounded by stellar offensive guards Marcus Johnson and Douglas Buckles, Spencer showed the ability to generate combo blocks, along with his linemates, as the trio accounted for eighteen touchdown-resulting blocks in 2004. Spencer was considered one of the top offensive linemen in the nation and the top overall player from the State of Mississippi as a senior at Madison Central High School. He earned Parade, Super Prep, Prep Football Report USA Today, and Reebok's ESPN All-American first-team honors. Super Prep rated Spencer the second-best offensive lineman in the nation. He added Prep Star Super 30 All-Southeast Region and Orlando Sentinel All-Southern first-team accolades. He was also selected Player of the Year in Mississippi by both Gatorade and Jeff Whitaker's Deep South Football publication. Spencer was an outstanding run blocker, as he was powerful and dominating at offensive tackle. He helped lead Madison Central to the Class 5A state championship in 1999 as the Jaguars went a perfect 15-0. Spencer won the Class 5A Super Heavyweight power-lifting championship of Mississippi his junior and senior years, and holds all the prep lift records. During his senior season, he broke his own state record in the power-lifting competition, which is determined by combined weight lifted in three events (the squat, the bench press, and the dead lift) when he totaled 1,675 pounds. That effort broke his own state record of 1,665 pounds set in South State competition earlier in the year. Spencer played in every game behind Johnson at right offensive guard during the 2002 campaign. He started the first four games and the Mississippi State game at center in 2003, spending most of the year sharing playing time with Justin Sawyer. With Sawyer graduated, Spencer took over the starting chores at center full-time in 2004.
Analysis: Positives... Powerfully built with good thickness throughout his frame. ... Carries his weight well, with a tight midsection, wide hips, good bubble and a strong upper body frame. ... Uses his leg drive to wall off and turn the defender while maintaining position. ... Shows quick movement off the snap for the running game, displaying agility and balance with adequate change of direction skills. ... His quickness off the snap allows him to gain advantage and he is very alert to movement, using his hands properly to set, pop and stop the bull rush charge. ... Has good knee bend and flexibility, staying low to anchor while using his mass and excellent strength to generate pop and explosion. ... Plays flat-footed, making good body adjustments in his lateral slide to gain movement. ... Very productive on short traps and pulls because of his ability to adjust to movement and find the target. ... Tough lineman who will compete and challenge defenders. ... His strong upper body is shown by the way he uses his hands to gain control, generating a solid punch while also developing a knack for grabbing and steering the defensive linemen wide. ... Is still developing his pass blocking skills, but has the quick feet needed to shuffle, slide and adjust to change of direction. ... His explosion coming off the ball allows him to sustain and finish consistently. ... Has the wide leg base to keep his balance dropping back in pass protection, keeping his weight back and under control. ... Does a nice job of incline blocking, adjusting to stunts on the move.
Negatives... Inconsistent getting to the second level, as he has the speed needed to be effective working in space but needs to do a better job of looking up defenders downfield. ... Gets good hand placement, but needs to keep his base wider as he will overextend, causing him to not sustain blocks for long. ... Relies more on strength to sustain, but needs to do a better job of taking proper angles on his man. ... Even with his strong hand punch, he sometimes prefers to catch the defender rather than rocking him back. ... Must learn to play at a lower pad level, as he gets too upright in his stance. ... Has a strong upper body, but needs to develop better lower body power and hip snap to prevent the bull rushers from pushing him back on his heels.
Agility tests: 5.21 in the 40-yard dash...3.01 20-yard dash...1.80 10-yard dash...4.59 20-yard shuttle... 8.06 three-cone drill...32-inch vertical jump...8'9" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times...33 -inch arm length...10 7/8-inch hands...19 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Madison (Miss.) Central High School, playing football for coach Mike Justice... Was considered one of the top offensive linemen in the nation and the top overall player from the State of Mississippi as a senior...Earned Parade, Super Prep, Prep Football Report USA Today, and Reebok's ESPN All-American first-team honors...Super Prep rated Chris the second-best offensive lineman in the nation...Added Prep Star Super 30 All-Southeast Region and Orlando Sentinel All-Southern first-team accolades...Also selected Player of the Year in Mississippi by both Gatorade and Jeff Whitaker's Deep South Football publication...Competed as an offensive tackle...Helped lead Madison Central to the Class 5A state championship in 1999 as the Jaguars went a perfect 15-0...Won the Class 5A Super Heavyweight power-lifting championship of Mississippi junior and senior years, and holds all the prep lift records...During his senior season, he broke his own state record in the power-lifting competition, which is determined by combined weight lifted in three events (the squat, the bench press, and the dead lift) when he totaled 1,675 pounds...That effort broke his own state record of 1,665 pounds set in South State competition earlier in the year.
Personal: Criminal Justice major...Son of Sharon Wallace and Renna Fisher...Born Christopher Clarks Spencer on 3/28/82...Resides in Madison, Mississippi.
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