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    Draft Target: Charles Spencer

    Draft Target: Charles Spencer
    Date: Feb 20, 2006


    With just two years of experience on the offensive line, Charles Spencer is a prospect with tremendous upside potential. His solid play since the end of the season has teams scrambling as they keep pushing him up their internal draft boards, and the fact that the Vikings want to improve up front makes us curious about him.

    After earning praise from Tennessee Titans offensive line coach Mike Munchak during Senior Bowl week, Charles Spencer has garnered attention from nearly every team in the NFL.
    Spencer began his career at defensive tackle and earned second team All-Big East in his first year on the offensive line at left guard. This past season he was moved to left tackle, making one of the rarer transitions in the game.

    Spencer spoke to us on a number of topics, including playing offensive tackle and guard, his aggressiveness, and his belief on run blocking


    Here is some info on Charles Spencer:


    Ht: 6-5 Wt: 320
    Position: NT
    Projected as: OG
    Position Rank: 3
    Date of Birth: 3/17/1982
    Class: RS - Senior
    High School: Trinity-Pawling School
    (Pawling, NY)
    College: Pittsburgh



    Biography:
    2004 - Pittsburgh:
    2003: 19 TT, 9 Solo, 10 Assts, 1.0 For Loss-1 Yds, 0 Sacks, 2 QBH, 0 FF, 0 FR, 0 Int, 2 PD

    Charles Spencer showed flashes of excellence in 2002, his first active season on the squad. Spencer certainly has all the tools to be a playmaker at defensive tackle with outstanding size and surprising quickness pursuing the football. If he's learned the moves and details of the position, Charles will see some significant playing time in 2003. Charles started at defensive end and tight end at Trinity-Pawling preparatory school in 2000 and redshirted as a true freshman in 2001.

    Charles was a two-way starter at Poughkeepsie HS also and earned All-County, All-Section, and All-Region honors. He was named MVP of the Exceptional Senior All-Star game. In addition to football, Spencer was a three-year starter on the basketball team and was named first team All-Poughkeepsie Journal.

    2003 - Pittsburgh:
    Charles Spencer showed flashes of excellence in 2002, his first active season on the squad. Spencer certainly has all the tools to be a playmaker at defensive tackle with outstanding size and surprising quickness pursuing the football. If he's learned the moves and details of the position, Charles will see some significant playing time in 2003. Charles started at defensive end and tight end at Trinity-Pawling preparatory school in 2000 and redshirted as a true freshman in 2001.

    Charles was a two-way starter at Poughkeepsie HS also and earned All-County, All-Section, and All-Region honors. He was named MVP of the Exceptional Senior All-Star game. In addition to football, Spencer was a three-year starter on the basketball team and was named first team All-Poughkeepsie Journal.

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    Re: Draft Target: Charles Spencer

    Here's da Scouts, Inc. take on dis character:
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    Charles Spencer
    OG | (6'4", 330, 5.3) | PITTSBURGH

    Scouts Grade: 67

    Flags: (A: AGE) Player may be older or younger than usual(B: BULK/SIZE) Lacks size/bulk for position(D: DURABILITY) Player that can't stay healthy

    Strengths: Is a late-bloomer with loads of upside. Has a good frame and great bulk. Is well built and powerful. Shows quick feet and is a good athlete for the position. He fires out quickly in the running game. Shows explosive initial power at the POA and can be absolutely dominating when he locks on in the phone booth. He runs well and shows the consistent ability to reach the second level on time. Is a better run blocker than pass protector at this point, but has upside and continues to improve in pass pro. Shows long arms, quick feet and powerful initial punch in pass pro. Gets set quickly and has the athleticism to play on an island if technique and awareness improve. He is a hard worker and versatile player. Will put the team ahead of his own personal achievement. Is very coachable.

    Weaknesses: Durability is a minor issue, as he missed spring drills in 2004 after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder due to an injury sustained during the 2003 season. He is still a bit raw. Angles are still too inconsistent in the running game. Has limited experience at OG/OT. Needs to improve his awareness and technique in pass pro. He is inconsistent with his feet and hand placement. He doesn't always see the blitz or stunt coming in time. Needs to learn to play with more consistent leverage in order to avoid lunging as much as he does.

    Overall: Spencer redshirted in 2001 and played defensive tackle in a reserve capacity in 12 games during each of his redshirt freshman (2002) and sophomore (2003) seasons, before moving over to the offensive side of the ball during the fall of 2004. Spencer moved to tackle as a senior in 2005 and earned his second consecutive All-Big East honor. He started his final 23 games on the offensive line after lettering at defensive tackle in 2002 and '03. Spencer is a former defensive tackle who thrived in his late transition to the offensive line. Spencer has great size, quick feet and impressive overall power. He still has room to improve in terms of his overall technique and awareness, but Spencer has all the physical tools necessary to eventually develop into an NFL starter  either at OG or ROT. If Spencer impresses during post-season all-star game(s) and workouts, he could very easily emerge as a late Day 1 draft pick in 2006.
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    I dunno, it depends on what you want dis mug for, OG or DT. If'n ya wants a guard, ya might want someone else with no warning flags and a higher scouts grade, like dis mug:
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    Deuce Lutui
    OG | (6'6", 370, 5.5) | USC

    Scouts Grade: 73

    Strengths: Is one of the biggest OL prospects in the 2006 class. He has rare overall size; is a tall, wide-body with massive bulk. He will engulfs defenders at the POA. He has adequate lower body strength and will be able to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage if he gets good positioning and plays with leverage. He rarely loses a battle once he has locked on. He can anchor vs. the biggest and strongest bull rushers. He actually has impressive short-area agility for his size. He plays with decent balance in pass pro and is able to mirror-and-slide when he is set properly. He has a good deal of upside because of his feet for such a massive player.

    Weaknesses: He has quick feet in the short area for his size, but his speed is marginal. The more space he's in the less effective he becomes. He carries around too much weight and becomes sluggish as games wear on. He has trouble getting to the second level in time as a downfield run blocker. He will get over-extended too often and will be forced to lunge or leave his feet. Lacks ideal body control. He has much room for improvement with his footwork, pass-pro set, angles as a run blocker and overall hand-placement. Is a massive lineman but does not have the natural strength that would be expected. He does not possess explosive power at the point of attack.

    Overall: Lutui signed with Utah in 2002 but did not qualify academically, which led to him enrolling at Mesa Community College. He transferred to Snow Junior College (Utah) in 2003, when he was named to the 2003 J.C. Grid-Wire All-American first team, National Junior College Athletic Association All-American first team, Super Prep JUCO 100 and All-Western States Football League first team as a sophomore offensive lineman. He transferred to USC in the fall of 2004 and started all 13 games at right tackle for the Trojans that season. Lutui was moved inside to the left guard position in 2005 (following Winston Justice's return from suspension) and has been a fulltime starter at that position during his senior year. Lutui is a massive offensive guard/right tackle prospect with experience at both spots. His massive frame and impressive feet give him great NFL potential. He also has made noticeable strides over the course of his two seasons at USC. However, the team that selects Lutui will need to be patient with his development. He still needs a lot of polishing in terms of his technique, he must improve his overall power, and weight fluctuation will always be a concern. As it stands right now, Lutui grades out as a late Day 1 prospect in the 2006 class.
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    Course, he's da second highest rated guard in da draft, so's he might be gone be da time we get our shot.
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