The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need a pass-rushers and help in the secondary. This is no secret, and a whole lot of draftniks are catching on as well. So in today's mock drafts, everyone has the Bucs picking Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence, starting with Dan Kadar.
There is maybe no hotter draft prospect following the Senior Bowl than Spence. During a week of practice, he showed he can line up at end and win with his speed and quickness to the edge.
Spence is one of the best edge rushers in the draft, and is arguably even a better prospect than Joey Bosa. He consistently shows explosiveness, competitiveness and the ability to bend around an offensive tackle and finish to the quarterback. Those last two traits are rare and what set him apart from many other prospects. They're also what may have him come off the board before the Bucs even pick at number nine.
Of course, the glaring issue is his admitted addiction to MDMA, which got him kicked off the Ohio State team. By all accounts he's gotten past that, and most reports suggest he did well in his interviews at the Senior Bowl. If he can convince teams that addiction won't be an issue in the future, he should come off the board in the top 10.
Kadar isn't the only one to have picked up on that. Pewter Report has him going to the Bucs in their seven-round mock draft as well. That mock is filled with defensive players, including Houston cornerback William Jackson III and another defensive end in Boise State's Kamalei Correa. Similarly, Scout.com's Justin Pawlowski and Luke Easterlinghave the Bucs taking Noah Spence at the top of the draft, with a massive nose tackle in the second round and some secondary help in the third and fourth rounds of the draft.
It's still very early in the process, but Spence looks like he'd be a very good pick. But if he keeps rising in the rankings the way he's doing right now, he may not even be there for the Bucs.