Sobo's Players of Interest #4: Spencer Larsen
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OBR Draft Analyst
Posted Apr 6, 2008

Looking for a mid to late-round linebacker who will arrive ready to play? Look no further.


Spencer Larsen MLB Arizona

SOBO SEZ: Mature. Productive. Nasty. These are words that describe the linebacker prospect Spencer Larsen.  He's a player any apiring football prospect should look up to learn how things should be done “the right way”. 

Off the field, Larsen is a practicing Mormon, married, and has already started a family. On the field, he plays with mean streak and makes tackle after tackle after tackle. The 6' 1", 239-pound linebacker led the Pac 10 conference this season with 131 total tackles, 15.5 of which were for a loss, and registered 4 sacks. 

Ball carriers have to be wary because the former Wildcat comes to tackle with bad intentions.  The strongest part of his game is his ability to diagnose a developing play and work his way downhill.

Still, the Larsen's overall athleticism could be described generously as "limited".  Recently, though, Larsen displayed a 4.29 short shuttle at the Arizona pro day. The time was as good as some cornerbacks in this draft, and it is evident Larsen is quick and explosive in small areas.

The short area quickness and physical nature of his game could make him an ideal fit as a 3-4 inside linebacker. The workouts also follow a very good performance at this year’s East/West Shrine Game where Larsen was named Most Valuable Player.

The former Arizona star is a slightly older prospect than most, and is already 24 years of age. Like recent Browns offensive lineman Kirk Chambers, Larsen spent two years away from the gridiron doing missionary work. Teams will fall in love with Larsen’s intangibles and will be pleasantly surprised by the player that completes the package even as a potential late round prospect.

Tom Marino, NFL Scout: Productive player with good instincts and playing character.  Somewhat disappointed in his take on skills but has a knack for slipping blocks and getting to the football. In pass coverage, I felt he was more then adequate settling and reacting in the under zones, but has limited man cover potential. Speed and overall range will limit him to the "Mike" backer position, but looks like a solid back up and special teams contributor. Has mid0second day draft potential. Round 5 -6.

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