I told you yesterday I would ease off my criticism of the Hargreaves pick based on the pass rusher(s) the Buccaneers select. I like their first round pick much more now than I did yesterday, but how do other Bucs fans feel?
The selection of Noah Spence, the troubled defensive end from Eastern Kentucky by way of Ohio State, was one that Bucs media had been pushing for for a while. With the 38th overall pick, Jason Licht and the Buccaneers made it happen. Spence had a well documented bout with drug addiction that led to his dismissal from Ohio State and he has gone above and beyond to prove those mistakes are in his past and he is focused on his future.
With a desperate need to generate pass rush, Spence immediately helps this team. I like it, the rest of The Pewter Plank likes it, but do Bucs fans like it? I took to twitter to find out;
I think it’s safe to say Bucs fans are ecstatic with nabbing Spence in the second round and not having to trade up to do so. The Bucs still have a third round pick as well as two picks in the fourth, one in the fifth, and two in the sixth.
Spence was incredibly emotional in his conference call. He was aware of how close he was to forfeiting his lifelong dream due to addiction and surrounding himself with the wrong people. There is no concern moving forward that Spence will regress as he has made great strides in overcoming his immaturity.
We saw Jameis Winston go to bat for Spence. The two are close friends and Winston told Tampa media how beneficial a guy like Spence will be on this defense. We couldn’t agree more. The Bucs still need to address safety and defensive tackle, among other positions, but this draft is shaping up quite nicely.
What do you think, Bucs fans? Is the 2016 NFL Draft living up to the hype? Sound off in the comments!