Written by Brentley Weissman
*Son of Vikings GM Rick Spielman
*Only player in Nebraska history to have three seasons of 800 or more yards receiving
*A star lacrosse player
Scheme tendencies: Played inside and outside during his time at Nebraska, but best projects as a slot at the next level.
2021 projected role: Starting slot receiver
Pros: One of the most productive receivers in college during his time at Nebraska, Spielman is a good athlete both laterally and vertically. He shows good shake off the line of scrimmage and has good burst off the line. Spielman is a very savvy route-runner with an outstanding understanding of leverage and spacing. Shows excellent short-area quickness to explode out of cuts and can create separation underneath with ease. He is very hard to bring down with the ball in his hands and is a natural in the open field, routinely making defenders miss. Has above-average vertical speed to stretch the defense and flashes an ability to track the ball deep and make the over-the-shoulder catch. Extremely tough and isn’t afraid of contact. One of the better returners in college football and is a threat for a big play due to his speed, vision, and instincts as a runner.
Cons: Spielman’s size and strength severely limit his upside as an NFL player. Winning outside in the NFL will be tough as defensive backs who are longer and physical will have an easy time disrupting the route. While his speed is good, it certainly isn’t game-breaking—and for a receiver his size, you wish he was a bit more dynamic vertically. Spielman has just average hands and will often use his body to secure the ball rather than extend and make the catch cleanly with his hands.