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Spencer Nead

SELECTED BY NEW YORK , ROUND 7, PICK 33, OVERALL PICK 234
TE | (6-4, 259, 4.86) | Brigham Young
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Married. Spent 1995 at Ricks College (Idaho) after winning all-state honors in basketball and football in high school but didn't play at Ricks that year. Went on a religious mission and returned to Ricks, where he won junior college All-America honors. Came to Brigham Young in 2001 and split time with Doug Jolley, starting six times and catching 22 passes for 266 yards with five touchdowns in 13 games. In '02, Nead took over as the Cougars' top tight end and caught 40-449-1.

Positives: Has good size and can become a blocker if he wants to. Uses his size well as a receiver and has very good hands. Can adjust to the ball and make the tough catches. Runs hard after the catch and will run over some smaller defensive backs. Reads coverage well and finds the soft spots to sit down in the zone. Plays quicker than timed speed.

Negatives: Lacks speed and a second gear as a receiver. Is not quick into and out of his breaks. Lack of explosiveness evidenced by 28½-inch vertical and 81-foot broad jump (both were Combine lows among TE position). Better versus zone coverage and struggles to separate against man-on-man. Will do a lot of pushing off the linebacker, which could get him flagged in the NFL. Is not much of a blocker at this point. Will drop some passes he should be catching. Will be a 25-year-old rookie.

Summary: Needs to become a better blocker and catch just about everything if he wants to play on the next level.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.