YSU PRO DAY: Penguins Justin Spencer Glides Onto NFL Radar

Youngstown State offensive lineman Justin Spencer caught the eye of NFL scouts in attendance for the Penguins pro day on March 13th, where 13 NFL teams and two CFL teams were in attendance to watch the workout.

The four-year starter timed 5.20 in the forty-yard dash, standing in at 6-5, 302 pounds. That mark would have placed him 5th amongst offensive tackles invited to the NFL Combine. He also added a 26” vertical jump and 8-7 broad jump, to go along with 20 bench press reps of 225 pounds. He followed up the testing portion of the day with a strong showing in positional drills, demonstrating excellent technique and sound footwork.

“I just wanted to show the scouts and everyone else that I can perform at the next level,” Spencer told the assembled media after the workout. “I was a little disappointed in that I only did 20 reps, it’s lower than what I had hoped to do but it’ll do.” His personal best leading up to the draft had been 25.

For the past three months, Spencer has been training at Parabolic Performance in New Jersey, home to the largest indoor training facility on the east coast, alongside 15 other draft hopefuls and current local NFL players looking to stay in shape during the offseason.

NFL teams in attendance included the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, New York Giants and Washington Redskins as well as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts of the CFL, according to the school website.

With 49 career starts at tackle, Spencer brings plenty of experience, combined with smarts and athleticism, which should enable him to make a strong push for a roster spot at the next level.


(Photo: Youngstown State)

Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

One thought on “YSU PRO DAY: Penguins Justin Spencer Glides Onto NFL Radar

  • March 15, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Good Luck Justin. Lets hope the Green Bay Packers pick you up. They need you.


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