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Noah Spence Of Eastern Kentucky Is Selected By Tampa Bay With The #39 Pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Dropping a little lower than expected, Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence's NFL dream is alive after getting selected with the #39 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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An incredible talent, Noah Spence started at Ohio State before running into trouble with multiple failed drug tests that got him permanently banned from the Big Ten. Spence has proven himself as a terror on the field with 125 tackles, 37.5 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, and four forced fumbles.

Spence has the ability to play with his hand on the ground or as an outside linebacker. His versatility would fit in great with a 3-4 defense looking for a pass rusher on the outside. He plays hard and rarely takes plays off with an endurance that is hard to match.

His quickness and tenacity allows him to make tackles from the backside on multiple occasions. He understands taking correct angles in pursuit of the ball carrier. While going hard after the ball on the backside, he understands his responsibilities and does a good job of keeping the ball carrier from reversing field.

Spence is a great fit with he Buccaneers, filling a position of need as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker and adding some extra sting to the pass rush. Spence may not be a day one starter, but he will immediately find his way in the rotation and should eventually earn starting snaps.

Congratulations to both Noah Spence and Eastern Kentucky on sending yet another Colonels defender to the NFL.