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Round 4: Akeem Spence

May 02, 2013 at 01:04am by Scott   •  3 Comments »

You'd smile too if you knew you were leaving Illinois soon.
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.

3 Comments to “Round 4: Akeem Spence”

jampersands

jampersands (May 03, 2013 at 11:03am:

I’ve read elsewhere that the Bucs prefer short, stout DT’s. Roy Miller was only 6’2, which can’t be above average, but I guess Spence is shorter which = better? I’m assuming this is because they think shorter = better leverage.

BamBamBuc

BamBamBuc (May 03, 2013 at 02:05pm:

Lower center of gravity, stout base, getting under the pads of the OL are possible reasons for “shorter=better”. However, shorter typically equates to shorter arms, meaning the longer armed OL will punch you in the chest before you have a chance to exert your leverage. So, I guess the ideal DT would be Clyde the Orangutan from Every Which Way But Loose, since he’d be shorter and have leverage, but long enough arms do defeat the chest punch…

jampersands

jampersands (May 05, 2013 at 02:27pm:

I’d watch the Orangutan Football League in a heartbeat.

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