An Updated look at Indiana Tackle Jason Spriggs

When a scout makes a school call, the general rule of thumb is that he reviews at least four game tapes on a player before making a decision on how to grade him. If it’s early in the season, the scout may look at two games from the previous year and two from the current season. Later in the year, he obviously looks at games form the current season. Offensive lineman often change from one season to the next because as they get older, they usually get stronger and understand the game a little better. A good scout can’t be afraid to change his mind on a player and upgrade or down grade the player based on new tape and information. Such was the case with my report on Jason Spriggs. My initial report included two games from 2014 and two early games from 2015. After watching those tapes I felt comfortable with my grade. After viewing some late season tape, the Senior Bowl practices and game and the Combine, I have to admit that I missed on Spriggs. He is bigger, stronger, more athletic and just plain more productive than I originally gave him credit for. That said, here is my revised report on Jason. Jason Spriggs – OT – Indiana Size – 6055 – 301 – 4.94 Strong Points – Spriggs is a four year starter for Indiana. He is tall with length (34 1/8” arms). He has excellent weight room strength (31 reps). On the field, he is tough and competitive and looks to finish. He is a very good athlete who can change direction and has very good balance. At 301, he can still get bigger and will also get stronger as he physically matures. Good hand use, with a good punch and keeps his hands inside. Flashes good bend and shows he can adjust on the move. Effective run and pass blocker. Good mirror skills, can slide and recover versus counter moves. Weak Points – Can get tall at times and not always play with the bend he has. Playing from a two point stance he doesn’t generate the explosiveness he needs in the run game. He can get good position and wall off but not consistently get movement. As athletic as he is, he will miss some open field blocks. Summation – Spriggs is a four year starter at left tackle and has been very durable throughout his career with only one missed start. He has improved every year and by the end of 2015 was playing as good as any tackle in the country. He has the required height, length and athleticism to excel at left tackle. While he tests out as being strong he doesn’t always play with that strength and needs to become more explosive on contact in order to get consistent movement in the run game. He also has to be aware that he can get tall and that will hurt his play at the next level. All told, Spriggs has a bright future and should start very early in his career. Originally I saw him as a “B” level player but he is easily an “A” level guy who should get drafted somewhere between 23 and 38 come draft day. Still needs to improve in some areas but he has upside. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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