Name: Noah Spence
School: Eastern Kentucky
Size: 6-foot-2, 254 LBS
Projected Round: 1
Despite playing the majority of his snaps outside linebacker in college, coaches and scouts lined him up at defensive end at the Senior Bowl. And according to the invites list for the scouting combine, he’ll be working out with the defensive linemen.
Spence is arguably one of the top prospects in this loaded draft class. He showed his abilities at Ohio State before getting kicked out of school and banned from the Big Ten for repeatedly failing drug tests. Eastern Kentucky took a chance on him in 2015, he stayed clean, and he shined.
His length isn’t ideal for a full-time defensive, but his athleticism, explosiveness, versatility and pursuit certainly are. Plus, teams may prefer him standing up as an outside linebacker.
Spence plays with a relentless motor and tremendous competitiveness. He’s another player who really stood out at the Senior Bowl. The New Orleans Saints could without question use a talent like him, but his very questionable past draws a lot of red flags.
The Saints staff visited with him and took him out to dinner at the Senior Bowl for a better measure of character. We’ll see what happens at the combine and on draft day. Regardless, this will be a fun guy to watch in Indianapolis at the end of the month.
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