Positives And Negatives of Every Buccaneers’ Draft Pick
By Brian DeFeo
The pass rusher the Bucs have been looking for a long time is a guy that went to Eastern Kentucky after getting kicked out of Ohio State. Spence was ahead of third overall pick Joey Bosa on the depth chart while at Ohio State. After a season recording 11.5 sacks, something the Bucs haven’t seen since Simeon Rice, the Bucs’ brass was all too excited to see Spence on the board at #39.
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Spence has a nice combination of speed strength and a variety of moves. Putting him on a line with a combination of Robert Ayers, Gerald McCoy, Jaquies Smith, Clinton McDonald, and William Gholston will definitely keep offensive lines focused on more than just one player. Even if he doesn’t get ten sacks this season he could make an impact where the team as a whole could improve.
This guy was regarded as many as one of the top defensive ends in the entire draft, why was he taken in the second round? A drug problem was the reason why he was suspended from Ohio State, and that took him off many draft boards. He wasn’t suspended for marijuana or excessive drinking like many players have been, he took ecstasy multiple times. He even came out and stated he was addicted but is fully clean now.
I’d like to believe him along with many Bucs’ fans, but now that he’s got a nice chunk of change in his pocket and in a pretty popular party city, who knows what could happen?
Hopefully he’s kicked it completely and can turn his life around like a Tyrann Mathieu or Cris Carter and not like a Josh Gordon or Johnny Manziel, poor Browns. He’s got some strong players in the locker room that will always have his back.
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