Spencer Burford started his career at UTSA as a left guard before moving out as the left tackle to finish his final two years at UTSA. During that span, UTSA compiled a 19-6 record and were one of the most consistent teams in the group of five conferences.

The Measurables

Spencer Burford

OT – #74 Texas-San Antonio

HT: 6040
WT: 295
WING:
ARM: 3528
HAND: 958
DOB: 7/19/2000

Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Karen Wagner (San Antonio, TX)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8555)
Phil Steele: PS#242

Spencer Burford Scouting Report

Lacks the proper running form to move fast enough when asked to pull. Doesn’t have great speed. Potentially not quick enough laterally to hold up against stronger speed rushes. Very strong upper body. Stout lower body. Doesn’t offer a lot of “brute power” per say.

Strong anchor. Excellent footwork and placement as he goes into his drop. Flashes strong recovery. Hand placement is overall inconsistent. Burford doesn’t appear to have much of a plan when he’s engaged with a defender. Hand strength is very questionable. Keeps his hands moving and is intense. Looks like he’s quite uncoordinated and just throwing punches.

Strong pass blocker. Sets well and handles power with relative ease. Really struggles with speed, but by far stood out as the best lineman on the field at most times. Somewhat susceptible to an inside move. Decent strength, but technique really limits his impact. Struggles to lock onto the block, especially while moving laterally. I think that Burford is looking to impact the second level too quickly. As a result, many times he won’t finish the first level block before trying to engage with a linebacker. Some of the assignments that were asked of Burford won’t be asked at the next level, but I think overall his zone scheme will transition decently. UTSA ran a lot of moving zone concepts that aren’t really seen at the next level.

What we want to see from Spencer Burford in Mobile

  • It’s been a little while since Spencer Burford has played at left guard, two full seasons in fact. There will be a little bit of an adjustment back to the position. We want to see Burford show that smooth transition back to guard in 1v1’s and do it effortlessly. That would spell big implications in his current draft stock.
  • We want to see Burford come into the snap with a plan. He’s so deadset on staying intense and fast that his hand work is uncoordinated and rather random. We’d like to see Burford clean this up a bit ahead of the Senior Bowl.

Pre-Senior Bowl projection

There’s a little bit of a learning curve for Spencer Burford moving to the next level, but we think he can be a starter in the league by year two. His ceiling isn’t very high, but he should be at the very least a good backup in the NFL. He would best fit in a pass-heavy system because of his ability as a pass protector.

We like Burford as a fourth/fifth-round prospect. His pass protection ability will be a key in his selection, but his lack of consistency as a run blocker and raw hand technique will hold him back. The upside is there, it simply has to be realized.

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By John Vogel

NFL Draft Analyst. Dad.

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