Positive: Explosive college defensive end who projects to outside linebacker in the NFL. Moves well on his feet, collapses down the line of scrimmage, and covers a lot of area on the field. Plays with good pad level, fast up the field, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Fluid changing direction, shows ability in pursuit, and gets depth on pass drops. Can run with tight ends in coverage. Plays with an aggressive attitude.
Negative: Cannot hold the point and gets turned off the line or from the play by a single blocker. Has a tall, angular build and minimal strength.
Analysis: Spears has shown ability the past two seasons and is an athletic yet undersized defensive prospect with growth potential. Spears has the tools to develop into an outside linebacker who can be used in a variety of systems, and he should be stashed on a practice squad to develop for the future."