Prairie View A&M’s Quinton Spears is still patiently awaiting his chance for NFL stardom. Last time we talked to Spears he was awaiting the NFL Draft and was considered a late-round prospect by most scouts with a possible priority free agent tag.
The Draft has since come and gone and Spears did not hear his name called during the NFL Draft. He still has high hopes to find his spot on a team and given the interest that teams showed throughout the draft process, he should get his chance.
Only one thing stands in his way, in what equates to probably the worst possible year to be an undrafted player due to something everyone is talking about, The NFL Lockout. As it stands right now, the NFL is locked-out, no practices, no meetings, no free agency, no football.
In most years undrafted players normally sign free agent contracts hours, if not minutes after the conclusion of the NFL Draft, but not this year. With the lockout still in effect teams cannot negotiate contracts with players.
The longer these undrafted players wait, the more and more uncertain their future becomes.
“I try not to think about it but the longer it is drawn out it is actually starting to become stressful” said Spears. “Your future or potential future is literally on pause.”
So he sits and waits. But he’s taking advantage of this extra time to improve himself physically, so if and when he does get his chance he’ll be prepared.
“I’ve continued to work out and stay focused on what I’m trying to accomplish when I get my opportunity” Spears added.
Most scouts tend to agree that Spears would best be suited for a 3-4 team, which is one luxury he’ll have after going undrafted, once football is resumed, he can take all of the offers he has and pick the team that best fits his style of play, a team that gives him the best chance to make a team.
Spears said he sees himself signing with a team that features a 3-4 defense. Somewhere he can come in and compete for a spot on the roster as a 3-4 OLB. Spears is an HBCU All-Star and All-SWAC selection out of Prairie View A&M, he has the tools and abilities to make a squad.
All he can do is continue to prepare himself and await his chance.
“I pray everything works out for the better, Spears added. It may be a blessing in disguise everything is happening the way it is”
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