Junior (RS) 6’2″ 251
Noah Spence is a talented edge player who’s on field talent can’t be denied, but who’s off the field issues are well documented. Spence played for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes and earned All Big-Ten honors in 2013 as a sophomore. However, two failed drug tests and being admitted into rehab for Ecstasy had him permanently kicked out of the Big Ten. Afterwards, coach Meyer helped him find a home in Eastern Kentucky where he continued to dominate.
- Great initial burst off the line
- All-Big Ten in 2013 as a sophomore
- 13.5 sacks and 22.5 TFL (tackles for loss) in 2015
- Tremendous Motor
- Excellent bend and lower body movement
- Played with hand in dirt and standing up
- Strong for his size. 25 reps at the combine.
- Flows down line to close off rush lanes
- Plays with leverage
- Good Rip move
- Not strong at point of attack
- Struggles to disengage from blocks in run support
- Off the field issues a concern. Including rehab and an arrest in May of 2015.
- Doesn’t diagnose screens/draws well
- Wasn’t asked to drop into coverage
Despite all of the off the field concerns, Noah is a top talent entering the 2016 Draft. He dominated competition both at Ohio State and at Eastern Kentucky, topping that off with a great showing at the Senior Bowl. The natural talent for Spence isn’t in question. What will be in question is his ability to stay out of trouble off the field and if he can do that, Spence should be able to contribute very quickly in the NFL.
NFL Comparison: Demarcus Ware
Projected Round- 1st