It's often said NFL teams can never have enough pass rushers. That's why it's worth noting beyond the pure news that the Washington Redskins reportedly met with defensive end/outside linebacker Noah Spence Tuesday.
The Eastern Kentucky product and former Ohio State transfer could be a top 10 talent in the 2016 draft. The 6-foot-2, 250 pounder recorded 50 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 2013 for the Buckeyes before recording 11.5 sacks with the Colonels last season.
However, off the field issues are dropping Spence in the draft with some projections slotting him into the late first or second round. He failed multiple drug tests at Ohio State and was arrested for public intoxication last year.
Scouts praise his lateral quickness and low pad level as an impact pass rusher. Spence also has the versatility to play on either side of the line or as a stand up edge rusher.
He did not have the best NFL combine showing by running a 4.80 in the 40-yard dash, which was attributed to a tight hamstring. Spence would most likely be asked to play off the line in base 3-4 sets. Best pick available is likely the way general manager Scot McCloughan goes, but the Redskins are stacked with edge rushers.
Many have spoken to Spence's willingness to take accountability for his off the field actions and diligence to become a better person. The Redskins are likely doing their homework to confirm the same.
McCloughan is usually not one to bring in players that can be a distraction to the locker room, but he is willing to roll the dice at times. Look at the Junior Galette situation from last summer.
ESPN's John Keim first reported the meeting with Spence. Washington also had private meetings with Florida State inside linebacker Reggie Northrup and Wisconsin safety Michael Caputo, according to WalterFootball.com.
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