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Sean Spence Scouting Report

Sean Spence, OLB, Miami (FL)
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 231


  • Very athletic
  • Great speed
  • Sound tackler
  • Very experienced, four year starter
  • Team captain
  • Great production, led team in tackles and TFL as a senior
  • Moves well laterally
  • Great instincts, always around the ball
  • Sideline-to-sideline ability
  • Very good blitzer
  • Fluid athlete, can run with anyone in coverage
  • Playmaker


  • Undersized
  • Struggles to get off blocks
  • Schematically limited
  • Can get overaggressive at times
  • Lack of height works against him when covering TEs

NFL Comparison: Will Witherspoon

Sean Spence is one of the top 4-3 weakside linebackers in this class. Though undersized, Spence gets the most out of every ounce of his body. He’s an explosive tackler that is always around the ball and making plays. One of his best assets is his ability to diagnose and make plays in the backfield, leading his team in tackles for loss as a junior and senior. Spence has great natural athleticism and shows well in both man and zone coverage, although he tends to get beat on jump balls against bigger TEs due to his lack of size. The biggest knock on Spence is his lack of size as he simply doesn’t have a whole lot of room on his frame to bulk up, as such he’s really limited to being a 4-3 WLB which will limit his value on draft day as so many teams have moved to the 3-4 front. His best fit is for a team like Detroit, Philadelphia, or Tennessee as they still run the traditional 4-3 front and like their undersized, athletic linebackers.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles TFL Sacks Passes Defensed
2011 11 106 14 3 1
2010 13 111 17 2.5 6
2009 10 36 6.5 3 1
2008 13 65 9.5 2 4


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