Sperry is a very
good athlete who shows very good quickness and agility. His quick
feet and ability to change directions allows him to gain separation
as well as be effective in space blocking, receiving, or making people
miss. He shows very good body control in traffic and space to
adjust to the ball and make tough catches.
Sperry is not
a physically dominant TE, he is much more of a finesse type player.
His production is adequate but definitely not eye popping. Sperry's
effort and production is very inconsistent; he does not give nearly
as much effort in the blocking game as he does in the receiving game.
With that being said, it begs to question him as a team player and his
overall pride and desire.
Sperry has a fairly
good understanding of the passing game, but does need to improve his
reading and awareness of zone defenses. His instincts and reactions
need help, especially in the blocking game. Sperry's concentration
slides at times causing him to read the defense wrong or completely
miss his blocking assignment.
Sperry does have
good size for a TE but does need to improve on muscle mass and strength.
His durability is a little bit of a question since he did have a torn
ACL in 2007. Sperry is not an explosive or strong player and will
definitely struggle blocking in the NFL against bigger stronger defenders.
hands well away from body
20 Yard Shuttle:
60 Yard Shuttle:
3 Cone Drill:
Very quick first
step off the ball
REL. OFF LINE
Uses hands and
quickness together well to get off ball clean
to be more consistent with footwork to help his cutting ability
Very good body
control/adjusts to the ball very well
Has solid straight
line speed to test NFL defenders in the seam
Has decent speed
and quickness to turn short catches into bigger plays
RUN BLK IN-LINE
needs to work on technique and strength
RUN BLK SPACE
Lunges, puts head
down, and doesn't square up feet to be effective.
Not strong enough/has
Finesse type player
not going to overpower many players
consistently in the blocking game
Sperry is a more athletic receiving
type of TE. He displays good hands with the ability to adjust
and make tough catches in space and in traffic. Sperry has good
straight line speed that makes him a viable threat deep.
Sperry likes strength
and consistency in the blocking game. He struggles with technique
and ability blocking; whether it is in line or out in space. Sperry
does not keep his feet under him or his head up which causes him to
completely miss blocks.
Sperry lack of strength and blocking
abilities is going to cause him to struggle in the NFL. As a TE
with the Rams he rarely got down in a 3 point stance and that could
cause some troubles for him adjusting to a more conventional offense
in the NFL. Sperry's biggest strengths are his receiving abilities
as he has very good hands and athleticism that helps him to make plays
down field. Sperry is kind of caught in the middle; he lacks strength
and bulk to be a real all around TE and he lacks the speed to move to
WR, so Sperry is going to have to really work on his strength and bulk
as well as his blocking techniques to get a chance to contribute offensively
to an NFL team.
Numerical Final Grade Scale:
7.0-7.9 - Pro Bowl potential
6.5-6.9 - Highly-productive starter
6.3-6.4 - Very good starter
6.1-6.2 - Good starting player
6.0 - Very productive backup/may develop into starter
5.9 - Very good backup/special-teams player
5.8 - Quality backup/special-teams player
5.5-5.7 - Backup/project/special-teams player
188.8.131.52 - Backup/scout team
Individual Numerical Grade based on a 1-9 scale, 1 (not good enough for NFL) to 9 (rare quality).
@R3belo That's kinda what I'm hoping for. The Falcons are a Super Bowl team - trading up to get a specific player is more than acceptable at this point. We can get back there - especially if the Cowboys let their owner sabotage themselves.