Round 4: Akeem Spence
May 02, 2013 at 01:04am by Scott • 3 Comments »
In the fourth round, the Bucs picked up DT Akeem Spence, a guy out of Illinois that I don’t know anything about. Mike Mayock called him a “weight room warrior”, which isn’t exactly a complement since he also said he didn’t always see that strength on the field. I watched about ten snaps just now and he seems to have decent feet for a big guy but doesn’t get off of large guards all that well. He played for three years in college and had a total of 3.5 sacks, but that’s not a huge deal since he was surely drafted as a nose tackle. His job will be to consume double teams, which he will be able to do if he can convert that workout strength into something useful.
The Bucs needed to replace Roy Miller, but there were better prospects on the board. They seemingly never have enough defensive ends and Alex Okafor (Texas) was still available. I liked him as a work-hard lunch bucket DE like Michael Bennett. He had 12.5 sacks last year and even missed a game with a tweaked ankle. That would have been my guy.
This pick doesn’t bother me and I think the competition is thin enough at NT for Spence to win the starting job as a rookie if the Bucs don’t bring anyone else in. I just think the pick could have been spent better.