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Spoon shines for NFL scouts

By Dave Matter

Posted March 4, 2010 at 5:28 p.m.

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Sean Weatherspoon and his golden shoes run for NFL scouts at Thursday's MU pro day.

Having just worked out for NFL teams on Monday at the Scouting Combine, Sean Weatherspoon could have sat out Thursday’s pro day inside Missouri’s Devine Pavilion. Instead, he had a score to settle with the stopwatch.

"All the reviews I got at the combine was that I did what I needed to do," the former MU linebacker said. "But, me personally, I wasn’t satisfied with my 40 time. So I wanted to come out here today and run it on my home turf and maybe do a little better."

He did just that. After clocking 40-yard dash times in the 4.5 and 4.6-second range in Indianapolis, Weatherspoon was timed in the 4.4s on Thursday, specifically 4.43 by a scout from Green Bay and 4.48 by a representative from Atlanta. Weatherspoon also set a personal-record in the bench press, lifting 225 pounds 35 times, one more rep than he managed in Indy where he had the second-best total among linebackers.

I’ll have much more on Weatherspoon and his NFL journey in Friday’s Tribune, including his thoughts on some recent unflattering anonymous comments made by an NFL executive. (Long story short, he disagrees, as does everyone he’s talked to employed by NFL franchises.)

If anything, Weatherspoon might have scored points with scouts by working out at MU when he could have been a spectator.

"I had originally planned not to do the bench press, but when I saw other guys competing and all my teammates in there, I said, 'I got to get under there.' That was my motivation to do that. … You definitely get points for that."

Weatherspoon said he has had formal interviews with 21 teams and expects to line up some private workouts with clubs in the coming weeks. He’s hoping to fall somewhere between the draft’s No. 15 overall pick (owned by the New York Giants) and No. 34, the second pick of the second round, held by Detroit. Anything lower, he said, will be disappointing.

Weatherspoon said he feels best about his meetings with Atlanta, Denver, New England and New Orleans, among others. He also interviewed with Cleveland’s brass, including linebackers coach Matt Eberflus, MU’s former defensive coordinator and the coach who recruited Weatherspoon out of Jasper, Texas. Teams that run a 3-4 defense told Weatherspoon they like him as an inside linebacker, while 4-3 teams like him at either the middle or weakside position, the place he played most of his college career.

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The more I read about him, the more I want us to pick him and I think we will, if he's there at 19. We will draft a DE in the 3rd or 4th round, like Sid and Biermann. LB's more often have an immediate impact as a rookie, than rookie DE's. TD has said numerous times that PJ will give us an extra pass rush and loves the way Sid and Biermann are progressing. SPoon is #1 on TD's board. Its pretty clear, unless its a smoke screen.

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That guy has a heck of an attitude. He will be an instant starter, a team leader and I think he will be an impact player in the NFL. It has to be Spoon or Graham and I am leaning to Spoon. Graham will not be the starter although he will be in the rotation and could help our pass rush.

Cutting Jamaal would also help our pass rush.

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Im sad to say but I really doubt he'll be on the board by our pick. Hes too good, some team is gonna realize it and snatch him up, maybe top 10.

but lets pray =/

He won't go top 10. McClain will be the first LB off the boards. He could be taken a few picks before us though, or slide to us. I would have no problem with taking him at #19.

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Spoon shines for NFL scouts

"All the reviews I got at the combine was that I did what I needed to do," the former MU linebacker said. "But, me personally, I wasn’t satisfied with my 40 time. So I wanted to come out here today and run it on my home turf and maybe do a little better."

If anything, Weatherspoon might have scored points with scouts by working out at MU when he could have been a spectator.

"I had originally planned not to do the bench press, but when I saw other guys competing and all my teammates in there, I said, 'I got to get under there.' That was my motivation to do that."

Weatherspoon said he feels best about his meetings with Atlanta, Denver, New England and New Orleans, among others.

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Not trying to beat the "Spoon @ 19" drum too loudly, but quotes like those above are indicative of a player that possesses that intensity inherent in his sense of competition that embodies what TD describes when he talks about wanting players that "play with a sense of urgency."

Game film shows the speed and the power, and his measurables back up the game film (as much as they can), so--I'm just saying that I think he would be a good fit...at least more so than a 1st round DE coming in and splitting snaps with ABE, Davis, Bierman, Sids and maybe JA98.

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Kiper doesn't even have him going in the first round.He has us taking Sergio Kindle from Texas.

i really dont like kiper and his mocks

i also think that kindle will fit in a 34 scheme better then a 43 scheme therefore i believe that if we take a lb at 19 and kindle and spoon are on the board we take spoon who can play all three lb positions but best at wlb and mlb

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he texted me Thursday saying "35 reps baby!", he really was optimistic on being the 19th pick when I talked to him before the combine. For those who don't know, I was training to be a trainer (irony?) my freshman year at Mizzou, and became really good friends with Spoon. Either way, he will be a tremendous player in the NFL.

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he texted me Thursday saying "35 reps baby!", he really was optimistic on being the 19th pick when I talked to him before the combine. For those who don't know, I was training to be a trainer (irony?) my freshman year at Mizzou, and became really good friends with Spoon. Either way, he will be a tremendous player in the NFL.

good info bud. i am salivating right now
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