Projected 40 time: 4.40
Strength: Moving in space
Weakness: Contact balance
Spears wasn't on my radar, outside of a few blips, before the Senior Bowl. He BLEW UP USC in the Cotton Bowl, but USC's defense is bad so what does that mean? I knew I would get to him eventually, so I put him off. Then I saw him at the Senior Bowl. He bulked up from the regular season and didn't lose a step of his explosive ability. I knew I had to dive into the tape.
It didn't disappoint.
The way he moves in space is elegant. He identifies cutback lanes in zone quickly and can get through in the same amount of time. The field vision is next-level, while he can be hit or miss on arm tackles around the ankles, he breaks tons of them and gets loose. Bobbing and weaving in and out of traffic is where he's best and at any moment he could break one for a touchdown. His hip fluidity allows him to alter tackle angles at the point of attack extremely well and stop and start beautifully.
This guy is fun to watch.
One on one with a defender in the hole. This is where you learn a bit about the player you're watching. Spears gives him a little stop-start action and makes him miss in the hole then breaks another tackle and drags another would-be tackler into the end zone.