IDP Rookie Impact Series: Noah Spence DE TB
Noah Spence was a 5-start recruit out of high school in 2012. He picked the Ohio State Buckeyes to play for and was the leader in sacks in 2013 when he became a starter. He had 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss with 8.0 sacks in the 12 games that he started. Spence was 6th in Big Ten with 14.5 tackles for loss and Academic All-Big Ten but ended up testing positive for Ecstacy and was suspended from playing in the Orange Bowl plus the first 2 games of 2014. He said someone slip it in his drink but ended up testing positive again in September 2014 and was permanently banned from the Big Ten. Spence underwent treatment for an addiction to Ecstasy in 2014 and then transferred to Eastern Kentucky as a junior in 2015 to rebuild his image. There he dominated, putting up 63 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks to become a AP FCS All-American. He decide to forgo his senior year and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.
With the 39th pick over all of the 2016 NFL Draft the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected DE Noah Spence formerly of the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. Spence went in the upper part of round two of the NFL Draft right about where everyone expected him to be drafted. The Bucs draft needs were CB, OL, S, WR, DL, so with their first two picks they selected Vernon Hargreaves CB and Spence to fill those two needs.
Draft Analysis:“He’s not a lengthy defensive end pass rusher, but has Von Miller-type size. He brings it every day in the weight room and brings it every day on the practice field.” — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer
At the 2016 NFL Combine Spence ran a 4.80 40-Yard Dash, a 1.62 10-Yard Dash Split, a 7.21 (3) Cone Drill, and put up a 4.35 20-yard shuttle; he also Bench Pressed 225 lbs 25 times. He posted a 35″ Vertical Jump, 121″ Broad Jump, with a 11.56 Agility Score. He did run a 4.75 40-Yard Dash at his Pro Day but as Daniel Jeremiah of Spence’s 40 time on NFL Path to the Draft. “… I’d like to see somebody at that size run in the 4.6s, (the) high 4.6s. Maybe in the very, very low 4.7s. I think 4.68 sounds about right for what you’d want to see.” But Spence plays faster than his forty time and that is what really matters.
Size– 6’2″, 251 lbs, 33″ Arm Length, 10 3/4 Hand Size; He is a little smaller than teams like their DE’s and can also play LB.
Athleticism– He does everything well and has good muscle mass and body size for his frame, above AVG athleticism and works hard at it.
Pass Rush– Has a quick first step to get off the line of scrimmages to get up and under the defensive player to get around the edges with good foot plant but needs to work on a few more moves in the NFL. He does a good job working the defender and has a great move to flatten out to get after the QB but needs to strength his hand moves and play more violent at initial attack.
Run Defense– Spence does a great job with his hand in the dirt and can line up left or right and play anywhere on the line. Does a good job moving along the line to stop the run or string it out to the side lines. He also plugs the run lane well and will shed the lead blocker with a good sense for where the ball is.
Tackling– Does not stop pursuing the ball and looking for the ball carrier to cut back. He has the speed to close down the line to make the tackle and wraps up strongly, plays through the tackle, and doesn’t let up. He has power behind his pads and is a good hitter.
Instincts– Has good ball smarts and follows the ball well. The scouts call him a intelligent player and person and he follows direction well.
Versatility– He can play with his hand down in the dirt or stand up as well as play any of the gaps on the line or play linebacker.
Motor– Would have like to see a faster forty time but he he plays faster than his time. He follows the ball whereever it goes unless he’s completely out of the play.
Veteran Player Impact:
Spence is setting up behind Robert Ayers RDE and William Gholston LDE and ahead of Jacquies Smith right now. But Spence will get some snaps on passing downs being a pass rusher special and that’s where he will shine. We’ll have to see how the Bucs run their D-line rotation and how quickly he can pick up the defensive scheme, and whether he develops a few more moves. Rotoworld reported “Veteran DLs Robert Ayers and Clinton McDonald had nothing but praise for Bucs second-round DE Noah Spence following OTAs.”
Dynasty/Re-Draft Fantasy Value:
In Dynasty he’s a good pick because he’ll get some early snaps and will add more as the season goes along. As far as Re-Draft, or if you have a short roster bench in Dynasty, he’ll be a Waiver Wire pick up as the season gets going. He is Ranked #52 in July’s DFW Rookie OFF/IDP Top 75 and #4 Ranked in DFW Rookie Defensive Linemen.
Spence is coming off the board in DFW Dynasty Rookie ADP 2016 Drafts as the 35 player around 4.03 round AVG .All said and done I think Spence is one of the top 3 Pass-Rusher in the Rookie 2016 Class and is worth a a roster spot.