Noah Spence signs with Buccaneers

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One of the harder prospects to peg on boards leading up to last month’s draft was defensive end Noah Spence, whose pass rushing ability made him look like a first-round pick while the positive drug tests that led to his dismissal from Ohio State made it hard to feel confident he’d go that early in the process.

Spence, who played at Eastern Kentucky after leaving Ohio State, didn’t go in the first round, but he didn’t have to wait long on the draft’s second night before the Buccaneers made him the 39th overall pick. Spence got his first work in with the team at last weekend’s rookie minicamp and the Bucs announced on Thursday that they have signed him to a four-year deal.

Spence had 22.5 tackles for losses and 11.5 sacks during his one season at Eastern Kentucky and should be in the mix for a pass rushing role for the Bucs right off the bat. If Spence makes a quick transition to the NFL, teaming him with Robert Ayers and Gerald McCoy up front should make for a thornier defense in Tampa than the 2015 edition.

Kicker Roberto Aguayo, who was also selected in the second round, is the only unsigned Buccaneers draft pick.

5 responses to “Noah Spence signs with Buccaneers

  1. If Spence can stay out of trouble, they may have gotten a steal in the second round. I think Aldon Smith is the reason Spence dropped that far. Smith had those issues coming out of college and we all know what he has done since. It looks like he may finally have realized what he was doing and has straightened up. Maybe Spence getting booted from OSU was the best thing that could happen to him. Only time will tell.

  2. Great value, spence sent in all his drug tests to the nfl teams for the last two years showing the good results. Meanwhile the third overall pick from the same school elects to not take a drug test going into this season. So you can say we got the better value, bosa may have as bad as a problem as spence.

  3. … in the heck do they put a fair contract out there for Roberto? Not alot of past information & contract numbers for a kicker picked in the 2nd round…….this should be interesting.

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