Year Games Played Rec. Yards TDs YPC % of offense
2012 9 57 851 4 14.9 18.83
2011 12 96 1614 11 16.8 26.43
2010 13 78 1130 9 14.5 25.16
While his raw stats are fairly impressive, the deeper numbers are more interesting. The average draft prospect, at the receiver position, is only responsible for about 17.78% of his teams offense in his last college year, and 15.32% in his next to last year. Spadola significantly exceeds those numbers, even in his 2012 season where he missed a couple games with mononucleosis. If he hadn't missed those games, he was on pace for 67 catches, 1005 yards, and 22.25% of his team's total offense in his senior year. Either way, he significantly surpassed the average players' results for three years in a row. When a player is responsible for that much of a team's offense, you have to assume that the opposition is going to direct a fair amount of attention towards stopping them. Spadola seems to have continued to produce, despite being the clear focus of his team's offense.
Players who repeatedly represent this much of their team's offense are somewhat unusual. In Spadola's case, the fact that he played at a rather low level of competition is going to be a concern. So, you have to wonder if he is physically gifted enough to move to the next level. Here are his combine results:
Ht Wt 40 time 10 yard Bench Vert. B-J Short Shut. 3-Cone
6'1" 204 4.4 1.58 15 37 9'11" 4.07 6.72
His weight of 204 pounds means that I could score him as either a 'Big' receiver or a 'Small' receiver, but I think his numbers fit better among the smaller more elusive guys. This is how he scored in some of the some of the odd measurements that I use.
2nd Gear Stat Score Kangaroo Score Agility Score Athletic Score
0.18 0.841 0.019 0.774 0.384
His 2nd Gear of 0.18 suggests that he might have significantly better deep speed than his 40 time of 4.40 would lead us to believe. His extremely average Kangaroo Score relative to his very good Agility Score would imply that he is more likely to rely on elusiveness rather than raw explosive power, which is typical of receivers in the smaller group. Athletically he appears to be similar to someone like Andre Caldwell or Greg Jennings, which inspires confidence that he can compete at a higher level. His Stat Score just repeats what I said above about his college production being quite a bit better than his average peer, in this case 0.841 standard deviations above average.
While I don't think a player's Total score gives as good a picture of a player as the smaller individual scores, it can be interesting sometimes to see what group the computer lumps a prospect in with. Here are all of the small receivers (less than 210#) who had Total Scores over 0.500, and 40 times of at least 4.50 seconds.
Player Stat Score Kangaroo Agility Athletic Total Yrd/GP
So, out of 13 prospects (not counting Spadola), nine players (69.23%) became at least average receivers, by my standard of having reached 35 yards per NFL game played. A few more like Golden Tate and Emmanuel Sanders could also crack this list at some point , improving the odds further (though I wouldn't count on it being Tate). Obviously this comes from a rather small sample size, and as I said, I don't like boiling things down to just one score, but it is interesting. Those are some fairly impressive receivers for him to be lumped in with.
There really isn't much else that I can say about him since I have never had a chance to see him play. Being blind that way, and considering his level of competition, I wouldn't have considered him as a draft pick. As an undrafted prospect, however, he is very interesting. Being picked up by the Jets also puts him in a decent position. They don't have much talent at the receiver position, and are probably moving away from Santonio Holmes in the near future, so he will probably get a shot. Again, it is very frustrating to not be able to see any of his college games, but as a lottery ticket type of prospect, I can really see the appeal. He won't cost the Jets anything, but he does appear to have significant potential.