Jan 4, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A

New York Jets’ UDFA Profile: DT Spencer Nealy

Time to continue our journey through this deep class of undrafted free agents that John Idzik has brought along. This morning, we look at a position that was successful last season in the world of undrafted free agents. Last year, the class brought us DT Damon Harrison. Today, we look at Texas A & M defensive tackle, Spencer Nealy.


Spencer stands at 6’3″, and weighs 285 pounds. At his Pro day, he ran the 40 yard dash in 5.27 seconds. Here are his statistics from his years at Texas A & M:

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2009* Texas A&M Big 12 FR DL 11 8 19 3.0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010* Texas A&M Big 12 SO DL 7 13 20 2.5 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2011* Texas A&M Big 12 JR DL 19 26 45 8.0 1.5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
2012* Texas A&M SEC SR DL 22 20 42 7.5 2.0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
Career Texas A&M 59 67 126 21.0 4.5 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 1

Here is some tape on Nealy from a game against Alabama this past season:

PROS: The first thing that jumps out is his brute strength. Whether he makes the play or not, he is moving his opponent backwards. There is one play in particular around 1:20 into the tape where he gets his shoulder inside his opponent, and just drives the guy back into the ballcarrier. Very impressive. For those of you that are Knicks fans, I will say what I like next in Walt “Clyde” Frazier style. He is agile and versatile. Versatile, in that his moved inside and out. Agile, with the ability to get his hands into the passing lane if he doesn’t get to the quarterback.

CONS: He is a little undersized for an NFL DT. You would like to see him gain about 15 pounds to compete with the larger NFL linemen. He doesn’t seem to have a great deal of pass rush moves, and he sometimes is guided out of the running lane fairly easily. He has his speed off the ball used against him, moving him out of the running lane.

The biggest con for any defensive lineman coming into Jets camp is the depth chart. The Jets have a lot of defensive linemen, so making this team is going to be difficult. Spencer comes in with an uphill battle to fight, but he will get his chance.

Tags: New York Jets Spencer Nealy Texas A & M Udfa

  • matr dontelli iii

    i was a knick fan my whole life. some great times in the 90′s. beating riley year after year after he faxed in his resignation was awesome. dolan is a moron. getting rid of marv was bad enough. keeping thomas through blunder after blunder was worse. giving up lin for nothing, because he was mad that he got a great offer was the last straw. he was an asset. he shoulda signed him and then done whatever had to be done. you don’t give up assets for nothing in the nba. they’re too hard to acquire. when dolan’s gone i can root for them again, but not until. i loved clyde as a player but i don’t care for his broadcast style. (you brought up the knicks, not me) :-)

    • TheJetPress

      that’s ok…I know I brought them up. What can I tell ya? Clyde makes me laugh with the rhyming.

  • matr dontelli iii

    and in other unrelated news, i just read that mike westhoff will be joining greg buttle and don lagreca on jets pregame shows. however, since espn can’t possibly do anything without ruining it, ray lucas will be tagging along. i guess the bright side would be that at least they’re not including ray lewis. nevermind, that’s not even a bright side. why the hell would they ruin it by adding lucas. oh yeah, they’re espn. anything worth doing is worth overdoing and ruining.

    • TheJetPress

      See I don’t really mind Ray Lucas. He’s a passionate guy, I like that. It will be interesting to hear commentary by Westhoff, that’s for sure.