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.
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