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« : April 25, 2011, 10:52:29 PM »

Anyone who frequents these boards knows I have been talking non stop about Chad Spann for a long time now. I am amazed that his stock never shot up and he is still considered a late round prospect to undrafted FA. This guy is one of the toughest and smartest players I have ever seen. He was a walk on and had to work hard just to make the team, then go from being the 9th RB on the depth chart to the 1st. He has never fumbled. He is a true student of the game and great in pass protection. Just thought I'd give him his own thread in case anyone wants to jump on the bandwagon before it gets crowded.


This is a great read. An interview from last month that really gives you insight into the type of player Chad Spann is.
http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/20/q-and-a-with-chad-spann-underrated-rb-prospect/?src=twrhp

Check out the stats...42 TDs in the last 2 years
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/stats?playerId=237698







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« #1 : April 25, 2011, 11:12:53 PM »

I've been on the bandwagon with you. Hopefully Dom is too (in the later rounds).

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« #2 : April 25, 2011, 11:15:03 PM »

Sounds like it's a deep draft at RB--I'm guessing the Bucs will pick one up. Interesting to see who...

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« #3 : April 25, 2011, 11:23:59 PM »

I like the kid. I think his speed and size is the main thing hurting his stock. Looks a little like MJD IMO.



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« #4 : April 25, 2011, 11:24:27 PM »

I really like his balance...Reminds me of Earnest Graham that was...He is a good back and I would love it if we grabbed him in the 7th

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« #5 : April 25, 2011, 11:25:24 PM »

anything after the 5th is fair game


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« #6 : April 25, 2011, 11:27:52 PM »

I like Clemson's Jamie Harper


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« #7 : April 25, 2011, 11:29:20 PM »

I am fine with Spann or Locke in rounds 5 or later.


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« #8 : April 25, 2011, 11:31:43 PM »

03/15/2011 - Northern Illinois Pro day: Chargers general manager A.J. Smith was among representatives from 14 teams who attended the University of Northern Illinois' pro day Thursday. Eight athletes worked out indoors in what was described as a poor surface. Smith typically attends scouting trips only when he is serious about a player, and all indications point to RB Chad Spann as the reason Smith voyaged to the chilly Midwest from San Diego. Some scouts have pegged Spann, at just 5-foot-7 3/4 and 201 pounds, as a less-gifted version of Chargers diminutive running back Darren Sproles. Spann turned in a 40-yard dash time of 4.53 seconds, had a 32 1/2-inch vertical leap, 10-foot broad jump, 4.31 short shuttle and 7.04 three-cone drill and completed 18 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds. Spann also worked out after practice and showed skill catching the football. He wasn't at last month's NFL Scouting Combine, but his pro day performance suggests this is a guy who has a chance to catch on with a team as a free agent. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1272751

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« #9 : April 25, 2011, 11:32:26 PM »

Notes: Also was a three-time state qualifier in the triple jump as an Indiana prep. Walked on at NIU and appeared in 10 games as a true freshman in 2007 (wore jersey No. 3), recording 11 rushes for 61 yards (5.5-yard average) and zero touchdowns. Injured his knee against Kent State and missed the final two games. Played all 13 games in ’08 (two starts) and rushed 88-429-8 (4.9) with four balls for 31 yards (7.7) and zero TDs. Was the team’s leading rusher in ’09 when he played all 13 games (four starts) and carried 179-1,038-19 (5.7) with 10-122-1 (12.2) receiving. Missed ’10 spring practice while recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum. In the fall, was the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year after starting all 14 games and racking up 258-1,388-22 (5.4) rushing with 9-45-0 (5.0) receiving. Also notched 14 career special-teams tackles.

Positives: Competitive, tough and productive — walked on and had to earn his keep. Good patience and vision — understands timing in the running game. Good lateral agility to jump-cut and pop through the hole. Runs with attitude, does not go down easily and fights for extra yardage. Shows competitive speed. Good stiff-arm. Good hands. Tore up inferior competition.

Negatives: Needs to get stronger. Undersized and lacks bulk to make a living between the tackles. Is not powerful and is too easily turned on contact. Average burst and acceleration. Not a strong blocker. Was contained by Illinois and in the MAC title game against Miami (Ohio). Faced marginal competition, and durability could be a concern.

Summary: Scrappy, productive, smurf-sized former walk-on and change-of-pace back who comes from a mid-major school that has produced NFL runners in recent vintage. Speed and special-teams ability will determine his value.

NFL projection: Priority free agent.

http://www.profootballweekly.com/prospects/player/chad-spann-28/

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« #10 : April 26, 2011, 10:19:48 AM »

Gimme Spann or Bilal Powell at RB and I'm good.


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« #11 : April 26, 2011, 12:41:26 PM »

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Come on, brother.  We both know that isn't true.


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« #12 : April 26, 2011, 12:43:54 PM »

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Come on, brother.  We both know that isn't true.

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« #13 : April 26, 2011, 01:42:09 PM »

The highlights look great. Looks like a faster Graham to me...

And with the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, Louisville.

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« #14 : April 26, 2011, 01:52:30 PM »

Do we know if the bucs have talked to him at all?

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