John Spooney, RB, Brown: FCS Division


Ravens, UDFA. Anyone with his speed will get a chance to make a team, and he has enough running skills to be able to stick on a practice squad somewhere even if it’s not on the Ravens. Despite his great speed, he was never used as a returner – a shame with that kind of speed. I don’t expect him to have consistent success in the NFL, but I would love to see him get a chance on special-teams somewhere.

Positives: Good height. Runs with very good speed and was his team’s 100-meter track champion. Has enough speed and vision to be able to bounce runs outside if the middle of the line is clogged. After contact, he has above-average balance. Above-average power for his size, and is able to lower his shoulder for extra yards. Isn’t easy to bring down, and generally falls forward after contact. Adequate quickness and change-of-direction ability. Above-average upper-body strength.

Negatives: Though he has good height, he has a very slight build, and is built much more like a smaller wide receiver. Below-average vision for cutback lanes, and consistently misses opportunities on inside runs. As you would expect from a track star, he has much better straight-line speed than quickness. Below-average ball security, and he holds the ball too low going through the line and when contact is coming. Inconsistent hands when he has to extend. Questionable desire to play football, and he competed in track instead of football for 2012.

Projection: Behind five or so other RBs on the Ravens, there’s no need to draft him. For leagues counting return yardage, keep an eye on him in the preseason.

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