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2023 NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Brevyn Spann-Ford, TE, Minnesota

Brevyn Spann-Ford, TE, Minnesota
Brevyn Spann-Ford the standout tight end from Minnesota is a sleeper tight end. Check out this Scouting Report by Matt Swanson
  • Name, Jersey #: Brevyn Spann-Ford, #85
  • School (Code): MNUN
  • DOB, Class Yr: 4 Yr. Rs. Sr.
  • Height, Weight: 6070e, 270e
  • 40 Yd Dash: 4.74e
  • Position/Depth: TE 1
  • Honors/Captainship: Scout Team POY (2018) and Academic All Big 10 (2019-2021)
  • Season Viewed (yr): 2021
  • Games Watched: OHST, WIUN, WVUN, NEUN
  • Scout Name: Matt Swanson

Per Year Stats

  • 2021 3 GS, 13 GP, 23 REC, 296 YDS, 1 TD
  • 2020 0 GS, 1 GP, 1 REC, 4 YDS, 1 TD
  • 2019 0 GS, 4 GP
  • 2018 Redshirt

Player Summary

4th year senior Y-TE aligns everywhere in the slot, backfield, and on the LOS for MNUN. Projects as Y-TE at the next level. At 6070 and 270 LBS wears elite height and weight well, as a lean, long, muscular TE, with excellent arm length and good hand size. Quality AA showing a combination of quality quickness, agility, acceleration, balance, and average COD, with good top end play speed for size. As a run blocker he’s good. Gets off ball with quality quickness. Willingness and aggression to do dirty work is clearly evident and above average. Blocking good size/strength DL head up, he is average. Good at positioning body and getting in face of defender, impeding their progress. High hips and average flexibility in lower half leads to marginal ability out leverage and drive above average sized DL. Compensates utilizing elite size as positioning body as a wall. Down blocking he is above average, showing quality toughness and demeanor as he finishes blocks against 4T and 5T to the whistle. Against secondary defenders he is above average. Shows quality mobility and utilization of angles, primarily demonstrated when working across formation on WHAM blocks. Solid when sifting through traffic, displayed by quality ability to work way to second level and locate agile LBs in the wash. As a pass catcher he is sufficient. Route running is average. Get off at LOS is ordinary. Diversity in route tree is sufficient. In his route stem he’s a long strider, creating decent separation against DBs and LB’s. High hips lead to average ability to break down and cut off rout stem in short to intermediate patterns. Compensates, instead, with solid ability to create separation in zone, exploiting soft spots with good patience, football intelligence, and awareness. Hands prove to be sufficient, focuses on using hands only. Ability to extend and pluck ball is ordinary due to excellent arm length, average hands, and marginal aggression when attacking ball in the air. After the catch he is quality, has solid athleticism to make a man miss in the open field and the elite size to bowl over smaller secondary defenders. Subpar ability working his way back to QB due to marginal aggression in 50/50 ball situations.

Scheme Fit

Attacking spread offense that desires to utilize versatile TEs as chess pieces in the pass game, and an aggressive, mobile blocking TEs in a zone heavy run game.

Power Statement

Versatile, developmental Y-TE with solid athleticism and rare physical frame, who is a good blocker in the run game, and presents an elite sized target as a sufficient pass catcher. Has the size and athletic ability to continue to develop into a serious problem for defenses in the MOF and red zone as a pass catcher.

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