Now that the NFL combine is over and pro days are approaching across the country, Kevin Weidl of ESPN's Scouts Inc. has gone back to the film room for further evaluation on several linebacker prospects, and he found some good news for two former ACC players, Miami's Sean Spence and Florida State's Nigel Bradham. The two were listed among five linebackers who have gotten a boost from their film.
Here are excerpts from what Weidl had to say on both:
However, Spence's instincts are still above average and he flies around the field. He is quick on his feet, has good change-of-direction skills and is a reliable tackler.
He struggles to get off blocks at times, though, and as a result doesn't always get a solid hit on the ball carrier. Spence also gets caught in the wash at times and has trouble avoiding trash, but he has good range and developing instincts in zone coverage, and the ability to match up in man coverage.
Bradham (6-1⅞, 241) still has some learning to do in terms of instincts and awareness, but he's a run-and-hit linebacker with a violent style. His range is good (4.64 in the 40), and his combine jumps (37-inch vertical, 10-foot-1 broad) confirmed the ability we've seen on film to explode into ball carriers. He could get a little better taking on blocks, but Bradham has long arms (33.6 inches) and is a solid wrap-up tackler who will fill hard when necessary.