Baylon Spector

  • LB Tigers
  • Senior
  • #281
  • 6'2"
  • 230lbs
  • Prospect
  • Atlantic Coast

2021 Season

TACK

33

SACK

2.5

INT

1

FF

0

Prospect Summary

Baylon Spector comes from a family full of Clemson Tigers and his father, brother, and sister are all graduates. Spector played quarterback and linebacker in high school and began his career at Clemson as a reserve and special teams player before getting a chance to start in 2020 and 2021, where he performed well. Spector is a sound processor that holds his own in zone coverage and thrives in a pursuit-style and gap-shooting role as a run defender. He is a physical and urgent player with a motor that always runs hot. As for concerns, Spector has modest length and block-shedding skills. He isn’t a consistent stack-and-shed defender that plays with extension to navigate his way through traffic. He’s also not an interchangeable linebacker that is a lineup anywhere, do everything guy. He does enter the NFL with good special teams experience and should be able to make an impact there while providing depth at linebacker.

Ideal Role: Developmental WLB, special teams

Scheme Fit: 4-3

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Joe Marino 

Games watched: Georgia (2021), Pittsburgh (2021), Wake Forest (2021), Florida State (2021)

Best Game Studied: Georgia (2021)

Worst Game Studied: Florida State (2021)

Tackling: Spector has a mixed bag of results as a tackler. There are plenty of outstanding moments where he takes good angles, squares himself up, aims low, wraps, and brings his feet. There are also times where his modest hitting power and contact balance lead to failed attempts and he doesn’t have plus length to create a massive radius.

Football IQ/Instincts: My exposures revealed a sound processor that is assignment-driven. He rarely took himself out of plays with poor or overly-eager reads. He has a good feel for zone coverage drops and finding his way to the football against the run.

Competitive Toughness: Spector is a physical and competitive player. He’s never passive and he plays with good urgency. There are no questions about his motor and effort.

Pass Coverage Ability: Spector holds his own in zone coverage drops and he appears comfortable reading the backfield, staying leveraged, and working into throwing angles. He’s not a clean projection to a matchup-specific role in man coverage, but his zone drops are sound.

Run Defending: Spector’s best moments as a run defender come when he can pursue freely as a backside defender and shoot gaps. He isn’t a player I want to serve as a MIKE and tasked with consistently taking on blocks and plugging downhill. If he’s covered up, then I like his ability to process and trigger.

Block Deconstruction: Spector is better at slipping blocks than stacking and shedding. His ability to play with extension and shuck blockers is below average and he is better with the finesse techniques of navigating his way through contact. His modest length presents some restrictions.

Lateral Mobility: Spector has good mobility to work laterally and pursue the football. It also shows his ability to cut off routes in zone coverage with how he can reach landmarks and space the field. HIs overall range is sufficient.

Flexibility: Spector isn’t tightly wound, but he certainly isn’t springy. He has adequate flexibility and uses it to slip blocks. He moves well laterally and changes directions without major segmentation.

Leadership: Spector played linebacker and quarterback in high school and is a gritty player that embraced a special teams role early in his career before becoming a starter. He wasn’t the typical highly-recruited Clemson player, but embraced his role and developed into a key piece on the defense. He is active in communication on the field.

Versatility: I don’t view Spector as an interchangeable linebacker. He’s a weak-side linebacker in 4-3 looks and in traditional 3-4 looks he can play alongside a thumper on the inside. He’s sufficient in coverage and should be an excellent special teams contributor.

SCOUT GRADES

TDN (Adjusted) Consensus: 68.30/100 (Sixth Round Value)

Marino Grade: 68.50/100