N.C. State Senior
Has good vertical speed and can get by and behind corners. Tracks the deep ball well, and shows ball skills to attack it in the air and make the play on the jump ball. Has good hands and does a nice job catching the ball with them. Shows ability to make the quick move after the catch to make the first defender miss. Can somewhat get in the way as a blocker in the slot.
Has a thin build, and will probably get pushed around a bit more by NFL corners. Has lapses in concentration, particularly when he's in traffic and hears the footsteps. Doesn't always secure the ball before turning upfield after the catch. At times will dance a bit too much after the catch, going east and west. Is a limited blocker.
Spencer is a tall, thin receiver that shined as a vertical receiver in N.C. State's offense. Often, called upon to make the jump ball downfield, he was their most reliable receiver the past few seasons. He played at around 185 pounds, so he's added some bulk, which is good because he needed it. As a sophomore and junior, he combined for 61 catches for 1456 yards (23.9 avg) and 11 touchdowns, but his production down the field took a hit as a senior when he had 60-912-15.2-4.
Spencer basically is like a thinner version of Devery Henderson. In that he's a good vertical option, but besides that he's not going to do a lot. In that sort of offense like the Saints have, which likes to spread the field out and will take some shots down the field, he can be a good complementary option. But even in such an offense that he fits well into, he's probably only a 20-30 catch receiver. He could potentially be a de facto starter because of his size and speed allows him to a be capable option on the outside, but his production will probably be on a level with most No. 3 or No. 4 wideouts. He can add depth on a team with a vertically-oriented offense, but hasn't really shown the ability to be anything special when he's not running routes 20+ yards down the field. So in order to stick in the pros, he'll have to perform on special teams at least early on. He has enough speed to think he might be in the mix as a return threat, but probably not enough where you think he could be good in that role. So he'll have to do most of his work on coverage. Down the road he could be a poor man's Devery Henderson, but he'll have a hard-time sticking long-term in the league unless he can prove himself on special teams. He'll make the occasional play on offense, but not enough where he can be considered a reliable weapon.
Spencer can add depth in Atlanta. He could work in Jenkins role as the No. 2 guy that challenges down the field. But his blocking is suspect, and like Jenkins he isn't going to do much underneath because he 's not going to be great separating. And he is not as big as Jenkins, so he's not going to reliably make plays in traffic and use his body to get position. So while he could ultimately fill Jenkins niche, he won't fill it any better and probably would be worse, unable to catch more than 30 passes even as a starter in Atlanta. He's just not a guy that you really want to be more than a fourth option in an offense. So unless he was able to perform on special teams, he'd be hard-pressed to make the Falcons roster.
Spencer offers some depth and for a vertical offense looking for a developmental No. 4 guy, he deserves a look in the seventh round. But he's probably unlikely to stick right away and thus you'd rather sign him as an undrafted guy.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 3.0
Body Control: 3.0
Scouting reports of the wide receivers in the 2011 Draft.
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