Senior Bowl: Defensive ends who should be on the New Orleans Saints radar

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Jan 26, 2016; Fairhope, AL, USA; South squad defensive end Shawn Oakman of Baylor (2) leads defensive players as they run through special teams drills during Senior Bowl practice at Fairhope Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 26, 2016; Fairhope, AL, USA; South squad defensive end Shawn Oakman of Baylor (2) leads defensive players as they run through special teams drills during Senior Bowl practice at Fairhope Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports /
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Noah Spence
Eastern Kentucky edge defender Noah Spence, USA Today Sports /

Finally, we have Noah Spence out of Eastern Kentucky.  Some may consider him an outside linebacker, but he is playing defensive end at the Senior Bowl.  His name has been coming up a lot during the practices as one of the most exciting players to watch.

He can rush the passer with a hand on the ground or standing up, and he has a very quick first step.  He’s one of quickest pass rushers around the edge in the upcoming draft.

However, he got kicked out of Ohio State for failing multiple drug tests.  He passed all his drug tests at Eastern Kentucky, but I don’t see the Saints taking a chance on him.  Even though he is a great player, I think they will pass on him.

The Saints tend to try and stay away from players with off the field issues. Maybe after interviewing and taking him out to dinner, the Saints’ staff found a sense of trust?  Spence is an unbelievable athlete who has a very bright future if he can abide by the rules of the NFL.

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