100 in 100: Sean Weatherspoon (54 of 100)


First, I'd just like to apologize for not having the 100 in 100 post up at normal time for those who expect it at that time, but it seems that you all had plenty of fun and discussion with the whole David Carr thing. Now on to the article...

Today's post is on a player that I believe that has inherent tangibles. Sean Weatherspoon played his entire collegiate career with the Missouri Tigers beginning in 2006. He was one of only four true freshman to start with the Tigers. His contributions were not extremely significant as a true freshman but it gave the coaches enough to give him considerable more playing time in '07. As a sophomore, Weatherspoon stepped on to the scene and began breaking heads and taking names. He had 124 Tackles, 3 Sacks, and 3 Forced Fumbles. At this point there was no doubt that Weatherspoon belonged in that starting role. For the next two years, Weatherspoon wreaked the same sort of havoc on opposing offenses and gave defensive coordinators fits in trying to gameplan for him and his supporting cast at Missouri.

Being that I am a Big 12 fan, I got to see plenty of Weatherspoon throughout the course of his career at Missouri. I found myself always hoping he'd come in to games against the Sooners with  some sort of nagging injury, I'd take what I could get but and anything would have sufficed but it never materialized; he always did well. Being versatile is not something that Weatherspoon is unfamiliar with or opposed to doing. He has rotated around at a few of the Linebacker positions and has had success with virtually every one.

Needless to say, Weatherspoon has had one of the most productive college careers from a linebacker that I have seen in a long time. He potentially has greatness ahead of him if he stays as focused as he has up to this point.

Below, we'll look at Weatherspoon's stats and highlights and at the bottom, for those of you who are familiar, will provide my daily projection.

 

You will see a multitude of talent here in Weatherspoon's game and what he is bringing on every single snap. He's not perfect, but what player is exactly? He shoots to the ball like a cannon ball and he hits like a mack truck. He can get after the quarterback and he can drop back in to coverage. He doesn't have a ton of glaring holes in his game, that is for certain.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS:

  • 2007 First Team All-Big 12 Team
  • 2008 First Team All-Big 12 Team
  • 2008 First Team All-American
  • 2009 First Team All-Big 12
  • 2009 Butkus Award Finalist

CAREES STATS:

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2006 12 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2007 124 71 53 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2008 149 73 76 5 0 0 0 0 3 100 33.3 65 2 0
2009 103 67 36 4 0 0 1 0 1 6 6.0 6 0 0
2009 Regular Season Game Log Tackles Misc Interceptions
DATE OPP RESULT   TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
9/5 @Illinois W 37-9 9 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
9/12 Bowling Green W 27-20 14 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
9/19 Furman W 52-12 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
9/25 @Nevada W 31-21 8 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
10/8 Nebraska L 27-12 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
10/17 @Oklahoma State L 33-17 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
10/24 Texas L 41-7 11 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 6.0 6 0 1
10/31 @Colorado W 36-17 12 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
11/7 Baylor L 40-32 11 7 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
11/14 @Kansas State W 38-12 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
11/21 Iowa State W 34-24 8 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
11/28 @Kansas W 41-39 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2009 Postseason Game Log Tackles Misc Interceptions
BOWL OPP RESULT   TOT SOLO AST SACK STF STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
TEXAS BOWL Navy L 35-13 Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.

 

SUMMARY AND PROJECTION:

Weatherspoon is going to have a lot to offer for whatever team drafts him. There is no doubt in that. But where and when is the question. I believe that someone could potentially take Weatherspoon in the first round. He made a fairly significant impression at the Senior Bowl as icing on the cake to a great career. Some teams will need linebackers in the first round and since Weatherspoon is a multi-dimension talent could be the 2nd linebacker off the board behind Rolando McClain. I think he will be a first-rounder but it is possible that he could fall in to the beginning of the 2nd Round depending on how many more shake ups there are in free agency. There is no fallacies to Weatherspoons ability and he should be an animal in the NFL. 6'2" 245.

Possibilities -- 1st Round: Picks 10-32, 2nd Round: 33-49.

 

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