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Sean Spence

Sean Spence - #31 - OLB

Height: 5-11 3/8
Weight: 231
Speed: 4.64
Arm: 31 1/2
Hand: 9 1/4
Wingspan: 74 1/2
Birthdate: 06/07/1990
Hometown: Miami, FL
Grade: 5.53


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/08/2012 Miami (Fla.) Pro Day 5-11 1/4 229 9 1/4 33 3/8 73 3/4 4.33 7.08
02/29/2012 Combine 5-11 3/8 231 9 1/4 31 1/2 74 1/2 4.67 12 9'11" 33 1/2 4.32 7.48
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 5-11 3/8 228 9 3/8 30 5/8 74 3/4
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-11 1/4 219 10 1/8 32 7/8 74 1/8 4.62



Helped lead Miami’s Northwestern High School to a national championship as a senior. Earned ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2008 after making 65 tackles, 9 1⁄2 tackles for loss and two sacks with four pass breakups, one interception (seven-yard touchdown against Florida State) and one forced fumble in 13 games (started the last nine games at weak-side linebacker). Played in 10 games in ’09, missing three with a left knee injury, but posted 36-6 1⁄2-3 with one pass defended. Started each game before his injury, making six starts at WLB and one at SLB in Week Two, but didn’t start the three games after returning. Started all 13 games at WLB spot in ’10 and earned the team’s co-MVP honors after recording 110-16-2 1⁄2 with six passes defended and a forced fumble. Started 11 contests — seven at WLB and the final four at MLB — in ’11 and led the team in tackles and TFL with 106-14-3 with one pass breakup and one forced fumble. Was suspended by the NCAA for the season-opener against Maryland for accepting impermissible benefits. Team captain.


Outstanding eyes, instincts and anticipation. Highly athletic with explosive movement skills. Very good lateral agility to shuffle and fill. Good burst and closing speed. Secure tackler — can uncoil and strike. Has loose hips to match up with and carry inside receivers and backs. Outstanding football intelligence — has worked closely with Jonathan Vilma and it shows. Very good zone awareness and even can handle some slot receivers. Respected vocal leader who commanded respect the minute he walked on campus and has a presence. Tough and extremely competitive — motor always runs. 


Average arm length and take-on strength — can get hung up on blocks in close quarters. Negated if squared up by a lineman (can be run at). Lacks elite timed speed. Does not generate power to collapse the pocket as a blitzer. Bench-pressed 225 pounds a LB-worst 12 times at the Combine and needs to get much stronger. Average coverage production. Long-term durability could be an issue — is small-framed and not built to withstand the rigors of a pro schedule.


An undersized, underpowered, highly instinctive, run-and-hit weak-side linebacker with a safety build. Has starter-caliber ability but has to be protected in a 4-3 and prove he can hold up physically in November and December. Would be best in a fast-flowing, dome defense and could bring immediate value as a nickel linebacker. 

Sean Spence's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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