Round 4. Akeem Spence
With the first of two fourth round picks, the Bucs chose Akeem Spence (100 overall). His draft profile indicated that because he started a lot of games in college, he doesn’t tire easily. But, he doesn’t handle double teams well, not a great pass rusher and doesn’t explode off the ball. These items should have indicated significant red flags for Mark Dominik and company.
Unfortunately, they did not.
To his credit, Spence has hung around for all four years, which does say SOMETHING. But, they have been four very insignificant years. He hasn’t been horrible, but he hasn’t been very good either. Playing a depth role along the defensive line, he has amassed 98 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, and three fumble recoveries. He has only started 30 games out of a career total of 56 games.
Do you see what I mean? He hasn’t been terrible, but he has made only a minor impact. His numbers reflect a player that is just there. That’s not enough to earn a solid grade.