2012 NFL Combine: Sean Spence, Linebacker from Miami (FL), Confirmed for Combine

Eric Galko@OptimumScoutingFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2011

DURHAM, NC - OCTOBER 18:  Sean Spence #31 of the Miami Hurricanes stands on the field during the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 18, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Miami (FL) is known for supplying tons of NFL prospects each and every year. At one point, it was even more prolific in NFL draft picks than current-day Alabama or USC. So far, www.OptimumScouting.com has confirmed that Sean Spence, one of the Hurricane defense's premier playmakers the past two seasons, has been invited to the NFL combine.

A quick, athletic, rangy linebacker, Spence is a bit undersized for a linebacker at the next level and may not be a fit in each system. Still, his fluidity and overall athleticism could make him in a fit in more zone oriented schemes or just as a versatility utility linebacker for nickel and dime sets as well as potentially a weakside linebacker.

He's had back-to-back 100-plus-tackle seasons for the Hurricanes (this season despite missing the first game) and has 31 tackles for a loss in his junior and senior season combined. He likely right now is a mid-round selection based on his potential size and system fit concerns, but he could really impress in workouts at the NFL combine and could move his way closer to the early-round selections, potentially even second or third round, with an impressive showing.


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