Jason SpriggsOLT Indiana

6-6, 310, (O) 4.94!  

7.57 3-Cone, 4.44 Short Shuttle! 

34.1" Arms, 31 Reps!

9'5" Broad! 35" Vert,

Not Quite Ready.

By TOM

Spriggs is not NFL ready. He needs a lot of work. But he has the traits that teams look for in an NFL OLT. He was top five in four Combine measurements: Forty, Bench, Broad Jump, and the Short Shuttle. He has the balance and burst moving backwards that coaches look for. But what he was asked to do at Indiana did not help his development. In fact, it hurt him. He has good physicality, needs to get strong in the shoulders, abs, and hands to grab shirt and sustain blocks longer. He was also not asked to kickslide very often. So he is a project. What will he be when he is forced to kickslide 64% of the time when the QB is throwing. 

I can guarantee any team that is interested in him is taking him down to the field and having him run laps backwards, kicksliding around the stadium. A GM could not watch him kickslide enough in a personal workout to help him sleep the night before the Draft if he thinks he is going to take him in the 1st. To me that is what it comes down to for him. He does not have enough experience kick sliding, he doesn't sustain blocks long enough, and he doesn't always play to the whistle. I'd like to see him once kickslide backwards, while sustaining the block through the whistle. Than I'd say he is a 1st Round pick.

He ha a ton of experiences. He has been a starter since he was a freshman. He has started 47 games at OLT for Indiana. He has great production. He only allowed 4 Sacks the past two seasons. He has recorded 124 knockdowns the past two seasons. He has taken 1,763 snaps over the past two seasons:

2015 (Senior): Allowed just two sacks in 475 called pass attempts … finished with 79 knockdowns in a team-high 1,074 snaps … started all 13 games at right guard … Indiana finished first in the Big Ten in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense, while placing second in rushing offense ... the Hoosiers became the first team since Ohio State in 1995 to lead the league in total, passing and scoring offense ... IU led the conference in scoring offense for the first time since the Big Ten began using the entire season as the statistical champion in 1985 ... Indiana had not led the league in total offense since 1988 ... the Hoosiers became the fourth college football team to have a 3,500-yard passer, a pair of 1,000-yard running backs and a 1,000-yard receiver in the same year ... IU was one of only two Power Five conference teams with two 1,000-yard running backs (Baylor) ... the offensive line allowed 13 sacks, tied for the seventh fewest nationally ... Indiana set single-season school records with 475 total points, 6,556 total yards, 3,820 passing yards, 337 first downs and 168 passing first downs … IU offensive player of the week (Michigan) … six-time game captain.

He is so smooth at grabbing shirt and moving his feet in pass pro. He will hop inside the DE sometimes right off the snap. Will kickslide every now and again, and he shows a nice smooth kickslide. He is very well focused and keeps his hands up ready to grab. Likes to shove off in kickslide. Gets too high sometimes, especially on run downs. 

He is good at going head to head with DE and not losing a yard. He is good at fighting out in space and pancaking the DE. Moves backward smoothly and in control. Once he gets his hands on a rusher they are done. Gets to the second level with impact. Does a nice job holding up when a rusher knocks him backwards. He rarely seems to loss his balance. He can get into the inside shoulder of the DT on runs inside. 

Gets to the OLB quick and stalemates him just for long enough. He will hit the DT, and bounce off him sometimes. He is so good moving to his left on zone blocks and never lets his guy get his hands on the RB. Blocks too often in Pass Pro without moving his feet. He can move through trash and still reach the linebacker. Indy loves to run left behind his run blocking. Seals on the back side as good as anyone in this Draft. When he extends his arms and moves his feet he stones the rusher every time. He will cut block on passes to his side sometimes. Great strong hands to catch the D-end on an inside move and stone him. 

He can get beat by the stunt. Grabs the D-end and tries to pull him up field on Draws. Big squat DTs can give him trouble when he blocks down on them. Likes to try and twist and throw DEs to the ground. Shows some nice agility pulling to his right. He is a long tall athlete with NFL OLT length. He can kickslide outside past the DE and OLB, and get to the blitzing Safety and get a bailed- shove in on him. 

He catches small blitzers and stones them. I'd like to see him kickslide more. He likes to square up on rushers and shove or grab them with both hands. He turns outside and into the D-end when he gets out wide. Great feet when he moves. I like the way he moves. He can drive the D-end 15-yards outside and then throw him into the turf. But he just never seems to move backwards. Tough to recommend him when you never see him move backwards. Not that I doubt he can do.

Michigan: He can pull all the way to the numbers and hit, grab, and hold onto the little CB. He doesn't do proper technique with a kickslide, but speed doesn't seem to bother him. He catches the safety on a blitz with ease. Caught a glimpse of him kicksliding a little, and then he turned smoothly and got his hands on the OLB trying to stay away from him. He moves so smoothly out in space. He will get shoved up sometimes, but does a great job re-anchoring and holding on. So even though he got beat by leverage he didn't get beat. So good at occupying the DE outside, and let the RB cut behind him. Even when the DE stops him from moving him outside, he naturally seals him and opens a hole for the cutback.

Spriggs Vs Duke 2015:

Duke: Stops rushers cold when he is squared up. Moves well sideways up field and crushes smaller rushers with his hands. Slides inside and uses his heavy hands on the DT very well. Shows some patience in pass pro. He blocks on the move a lot. A zone blocking team will have to look hard at him. He uses his hands so well in Pass Pro. He stuffs everyone they put in front of him. 

He can pull across the line, and seals guys inside on the other side of the line with his hands. He can move in traffic surprisingly well. He tends to move forward sometimes in Pass Pro. Doesn't kickslide enough. He will duck his head sometimes and can lose track of who he is blocking. He is so strong that he consistently puts guys on skates. 

When they run outside of him, he can drive the D-end 10-yards sideways with his arms extended. He can turn and seal the D-end and just hold on with pure power and freeze him outside. He is so good blocking on the move on stretch plays. He is so good zone blocking while moving out to the sideline. When he blocks down on the DT, he can collapse the line, including his own guys. Love his power when he turns into the D-End to seal him outside. He powers him back with some attitude. He abuses the DE outside on run downs. He can move laterally smoothly, get his hands up, and meet the DE a little further outside than normal.

Springs Vs Duke:

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Spriggs Vs FIU:

He get to the second level a little cautiously. He gets perfect position, and take out the LB easily (:01). You have to have great feet to play OLT. Watch the great feet moving forward (:12). Watch him get to the LB again. He doesn't just seal him this time, he knocks him sideways. Then he gets wiped out by a falling player (:25). He has nice feet moving sideways. I like how he always seems to get into great position on run blocks (:31). He short sets here and extends his arms (:56). That is not really what we want to see, but he can be effective doing that in some situations. 

Watch the power as he gets into the DT, powers him up, and he is done (1:14). This is a nice look at his kickslide. I'd like to see a little more quick twitch, but he is very smooth moving backwards. He keeps both hand up, and jabs out with both hands inside and knocks the rusher off the path. Then he uses his nice feet to hand fight him past the QB (1:25). Watch the speed as he gets to the second level and hits the LB (1:37). But he over runs his blocks. He doesn't consistently block to the whistle.

He back pedals a little to help fake the rollout. Watch the two nice impacts that keep the D-end out of the play (1:48). He grabs shirt and seal the D-end outside, but again he doesn't hold his block until the whistle (2:01). He more shuffles than kickslides, but watch the quick feet. Then he opens the inside gate (2:12). If he can get his technique under control and play through the whistle he can be something special.

You get a nice look at his first step outside, with a nice burst back. But he shuffles outside too much, and gives up the spin move inside. He needs to stay in his kickslide (2:29). He can be such a great combo blocker moving forward (2:35). Very nice job moving into the blitzer to let the RB get outside (2:48). This was early in the season. So he was a little rusty. I just don't think he is a 1st Round pick,

Spriggs Vs FIU:

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Spriggs Vs Michigan St:

He slides outside, and over extends a little. But it look like Calhoun is retreating into coverage (:01). They run play action, and he sticks his inside hand into the DE's chest, and the OG steps out to save him (:16). He blocks down on the DT, and impacts him out of his rush (:36). He shuffles outside. He uses his hands well. Then he gets a second shove, and closes the outside gate, as the OG closes the inside (:44). He gets a lot of help on passing downs (1:05). He can be a beast in the run game. But the fact they they help him with the OG and outside chippers is not good.

He steps outside and gets his hands on the D-End quickly. He does a nice job of re-anchoring, and holding his ground as the DE gets a nice violent shove into his face (1:20). He is such a great combo blocker moving forward (1:55). He just opens the inside gate too often. He cannot play OLT if he doesn't close the inside gate down (2:07). He steps outside, and he steers him into the ORG (2:12). That is his best technique in pass pro of the game (2:22). He gives up the inside off the spin move.

They started having him block inside to his right to keep the gate closed (2:55). He gets outside nicely, and gets his hands on the DE with some power. That is nice pass pro (3:19). He does a nice job shadowing the D-end as he moves all over the place (3:25). Nice pass pro again, but he has to learn to kickslide more (3:48). His biggest problem is that he short sets too much. But that is what they ask him to do (4:14). I don't think this Tape is much help in assessing his pro potential, because he never kickslides. 

Springs Vs Michigan State:

 

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Spriggs's Official Bio:

2015 Honors: Football Writers Association of America first team All-American … also earned All-America recognition from Phil Steele, Sporting News, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated … the first Outland Trophy semifinalist in school history … second team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) … received Indiana’s Chris Dal Sasso Award (Outstanding Lineman) … team captain.

2015 (Senior): Allowed just two sacks in 475 called pass attempts … finished with 79 knockdowns in a team-high 1,074 snaps … started all 13 games at right guard … Indiana finished first in the Big Ten in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense, while placing second in rushing offense ... the Hoosiers became the first team since Ohio State in 1995 to lead the league in total, passing and scoring offense ... IU led the conference in scoring offense for the first time since the Big Ten began using the entire season as the statistical champion in 1985 ... Indiana had not led the league in total offense since 1988 ... the Hoosiers became the fourth college football team to have a 3,500-yard passer, a pair of 1,000-yard running backs and a 1,000-yard receiver in the same year ... IU was one of only two Power Five conference teams with two 1,000-yard running backs (Baylor) ... the offensive line allowed 13 sacks, tied for the seventh fewest nationally ... Indiana set single-season school records with 475 total points, 6,556 total yards, 3,820 passing yards, 337 first downs and 168 passing first downs … IU offensive player of the week (Michigan) … six-time game captain.

2014 Honors: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (media).

2014 (Junior): Played in 11 games and made 10 starts at left tackle ... allowed just two sacks in 689 snaps ... recorded 45 knockdowns ... the team set a program single-season record with 3,163 rushing yards ... Indiana averaged 263.6 rushing yards per game (9th nationally, 3rd in the Big Ten) and 405.0 total yards (5th in the Big Ten) ... the Hoosiers gained 200 yards 10 times (T-9th nationally, 3rd in the Big Ten), averaged 5.9 yards per carry (8th nationally, 2nd in the Big Ten) and scored 29 times on the ground ... Tevin Coleman became the 18th player in FBS history to rush for 2,000 yards (2,036), which set a school record, is 16th on the FBS all-time list and sixth in Big Ten history ... Coleman was Indiana’s third unanimous and consensus All-American and finished seventh in Heisman Trophy voting.

2013 Honors: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media).

2013 (Sophomore): Started all 12 games at left tackle ... Indiana set single-season records with 508.5 total yards per game, 38.4 points per game, 36 passing touchdowns and 62 total TDs ... the team averaged over 300 passing yards and 200 rushing yards in the same season for the first time in school history ... offensive line surrendered just one sack every 26.1 pass attempts, which ranked third in the Big Ten ... the Hoosiers were one of six teams in the nation to rank in the top 30 in total, passing, scoring and rushing offense ... IU offensive player of the week (Purdue).

2012 Honors: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media) ... CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-American honorable mention ... ESPN.com and BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman team ... 247Sports.com second team All-Big Ten.

2012 (Freshman): Started all 12 games, an IU true freshman record for an offensive lineman ... led the team with 80 knockdowns and surrendered just two sacks in 961 snaps ... offensive line led the Big Ten allowing just one sack every 31.8 pass attempts ... line did not allow a sack in five games and surrendered just one sack twice ... team led the Big Ten in passing offense (311.2), finished second in total offense (442.0) and fourth in scoring offense (30.8).

 

 

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