The War Room | HoustonProFootball.com Charles Spencer
Drafted: Round 3, 65th Overall
Birthdate: March 17, 1982
NFL Comparison: Zach Piller
Strengths: Charles Spencer played defensive tackle for his first two years at Pittsburgh before moving to left guard as a junior and then left tackle as a senior. A high school tight end and basketball standout, he is a nice athlete for such a big man with the quick feet and explosiveness to pull and track down linebackers. He has the long arms to keep defenders away from his body and the strength to drive block.
Areas of Concern: Spencer lacks experience as an offensive lineman and his technique is very raw; he tends to lunge at his target, losing his balance. Because he is still learning, he plays tentatively at times and can be too slow in getting to his blocks and recognizing stunts and blitzes. While he has the build to play tackle, he struggled against speed rushers at the position as a senior.
2006 Expectations: Spencer looked better at guard in the Senior Bowl but could get a shot at right tackle for the Texans. He has the athletic ability to fit the new offense but looks like more of a long-term project for Mike Sherman than an instant starter.
by Warren DeLuca
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