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Spain to WFT, I say ‘Yes.’

 

WFT should pick up G-T Quinton Spain, ASAP!  Spain while 29 years old, potentially adds depth to an OLine that is always looking for it.  Known as a very good pass protector maybe they can improve his run blocking: that is what coaching and systems are for, right!

 

Looking at the fansided 2015 draft report (2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: West Virginia OL Quinton Spain by Patrick Karraker6 years ago) you can tell Spain has exceeded expectations.

As follows (excerpts of the report):

“After a guard-heavy draft that saw impact players like Jonathan CooperChance Warmack, and Kyle Long go early in 2013, the NFL Draft was much more unfavorable for the guard position in 2014, as UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo was the first guard selected at pick 33 (of course, that’s not counting Greg Robinson, who played tackle throughout his college career but will shift inside to left guard as a rookie). This year, however, guards could again be at a premium. One of the most talented draft-eligible guards who could make a solid argument as the best lineman in the draft class is West Virginia’s Quinton Spain.

There’s no reason that those who have drooled over the potential of Warmack and Robinson in the past couple years shouldn’t be equally enamored with Spain. Just like those two, Spain is an insanely big road grader whose college game tapes look like a never-ending highlight film. He’s consistently physical, and he plays to the whistle all the time, finding another defender to try to run over if he quickly carries out his initial assignment. As if that’s not enough reason to like Spain, he also possesses versatility: he started 18 games at tackle for the Mountaineers before moving to guard full-time early last year.

The only thing that looms as a question for Spain seems to be his level of conditioning. He wasn’t on the field in some key situations late in games last year, and when he was, he seemed to be less effective. If he wants to be consistent as a pro, Spain might have to cut a little bit of weight or work hard improve his endurance. Regardless, Spain’s physicality should enable him to be a first-rounder in this year’s draft.

 

Positives: has played both tackle and guard at the college level; huge frame; uses his leverage well, really knows how to drive people, frequently runs opponents into the ground; highly physical; gets solid arm extension; dominant when doubling down on angle blocks; goes hard to the whistle, looks for additional blocks once he covers his first assignment.

NEGATIVES: movement isn’t fluid, kind of waddles at times; possible conditioning issues, seems to wear down later in games; doesn’t always bend his knees enough, particularly on pass blocks; struggles to carry out cut blocks.

 


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