Top photos of Eastern Kenucky's DE/OLB Noah Spence in action.
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We continue the series with a scouting report of Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence.
Name: Noah Spence
School: Eastern Kentucky
Weight: 251 pounds
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There is no denying Noah Spence's immense talent.
His biggest question mark is whether he has matured past character concerns that plagued his college career.
Spence played his first two seasons at Ohio State, where he was a first-team All-Big-Ten selection as a sophomore in 2013 when he finished second in the conference with 8.0 sacks and sixth with 14.5 tackles for loss. Poised to break out as a junior, he failed a pair of drug tests and was banned from the Big-Ten.
Many thought Spence would declare for the 2015 draft, but he instead opted to prove he put his troubles in the past by transferring to Eastern Kentucky. It proved to be a fortuitous decision as he tallied 13.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss on his way to becoming an AP FCS All-American.
A 6-2, 251-pound terror, Spence is blessed with an incredible closing burst he uses to punish quarterbacks. He thrives coming off the edge where he uses an arsenal of moves to keep opposing linemen off balance. Nonetheless, some scouts would like to see more strength at the point of attack as well as improved snap anticipation.
Even though Spence played defensive end in college, many believe he is best suited as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Overall, few debate Spence's talent even if they differ on how long it will take for his name to be called come draft day.
40-Yard Dash:4.80 seconds
Bench Press: 25 reps
Vertical Jump: 35.0 inches
Broad Jump: 121.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.21 seconds
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