Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by skinsfan55, Nov 18, 2014.
I'd hope so. Not only is it the right thing to do, they can't take your degree away, AND ... maybe he would actually get to experience an bowl game next year.
If he's projected to be drafted, he'd be stupid to stay. Get the money before your body gives out. A degree can be earned at any time later.
i hope, but, don't see it next year
This. Of course, I want him to stay for the Buffs' sake, but he's gotta look our for #1.
If he's projected to go 4-7 but another 1,000+ yard, 10+ TD season puts him in the second round or third round wouldn't it make sense to stay? PRich was considered a late first or second round pick so he couldn't really improve his stock that much. It made no sense for him to stay. It probably makes more sense for Spruce to go for another year. Not only could Spruce be netting himself a few million more dollars, but second round picks have a longer leash. Teams see them as more of an investment and they get the edge for roster space and playing time.
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Spruce redshirted his true freshman year so he's got to be pretty close to getting his degree. If he gets the degree and a draft grade he'd be stupid not to enter the draft. However, his production has dropped off significantly once better opponents started playing CU and game planning around him. He's going to need to show he can get separation because he's still not in P-Rich's area code when scouts observe his play.
Spruce is a great college receiver; however, he doesn't have the 'measureables' that the NFL loves to draft. He isn't a big receiver and doesn't have breakaway speed. He is a great route runner with amazing hands (and CU is SO fortunate to have him), but I can't help think he would be a late round (6-7) draft pick or end up an UFA. Wes Welker was an UFA for goodness sake. If he stays he can immortalize himself as an an all-time great Buff and college receiver. Spruce could end up in some elite company in terms of college stats. I'd have to think his draft position improves after another year as well.
Spruce averages 10-11 yards per catch the past three seasons. I think with the progress our offense has made, and will continue to make in the off season, those numbers will improve next year. Obviously, it's his call and I don't think their is a 'wrong' decision, but hoping he sticks around.
I would be shocked if Spruce is anything but a late round guy at the max. NFL is quick to dismiss guys who don't have the measurables, even guys who have proven they can ball.
Either way, vote.
Spruce v P-Rich.
P-Rich had constant hype from the day he stepped on campus. He also had a huge breakout his FIRST year. THEN he got injured. Once you've been injured after success, you gotta go. Even after Richardson's awesome junior year, people still questioned his ability at the next level. 2x successful years and one season ending injury = no brainer.
Spruce - this is his first breakout year and his explosion plays aren't nearly what P-Rich's were. Honestly, I think he needs another season to impress the draft.
To move up in the draft all a guy needs is one team to fall in love with him.
Unfortunately for Spruce he doesn't have those things that make teams fall in love.
He is faster than he looks but doesn't have an amazing stopwatch time, he isn't small but he also isn't the prototype 6'3" 225lbs that teams like now. He has excellent hands but doesn't have the highlight reel gymnastic leaping catches that draw attention.
I think with a bit of a boost from solid interviews and a good pro day he could get as high as the 4th round but he could also get pushed back into the 6th or 7th by the guys who "look" the part better than he does.
As far as another season moving him up much it isn't likely because he isn't going to get bigger or faster in that year.
I'd love to see him back but he has that decision to make for himself. At this point he doesn't owe us anything more than he has given.
While he can't really get much bigger or faster another year at CU where he performs well against the Pac 12's elite CB's would help his draft grade. Right now he has a massive amount of stats against teams outside of the Pac and then has fallen off against quality DB's. Another year could bump his draft up a Round. Somebody would have to run the numbers to see what a 5th RD pick makes vs a 6th to see if it would be worth it over the long haul. I feel like he could be a Riley Cooper type at the next level.
Fields, Bono and Walker all improving would go a long way to elevating his performance next year. He sees way too many triple teams. Hell if Sefo could read through his progressions that would be huge.
Offense has made a huge leap forward this year but still has a long ways to go.
You are right though in that defenses have figured out that if they can shut down Spruce we don't do very well getting the ball other places.
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