When Akeem Spence was selected with the third pick in the fourth round (150th overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many believed that his new NFL team had found an immediate starter on the defensive line.
Spence, a 6-foot-1, 307-pound defensive tackle, can take over the vacant nose tackle spot left behind by Roy Miller. Miller signed a deal with the Jaguars on March 15.
Spence joins a Tampa defense that runs a 4-3 scheme, meaning he should not see too many double teams.
NFL scout guru Mike Mayock believes Spence will be an immediate presence for Tampa Bay, especially in its scheme. The biggest weakness, though, is his strength. At the NFL Combine, Spence did 37 reps on the bench press. That ranks fourth among defensive linemen this season, with Dontari Poe (44), Margus Hunt (38) and Brandon Lee (38) sitting in front of him.
"He's got a lot of talent and a lot of size. He tested well for his size. He's as strong as they come. He's a weight-room warrior. Now, I d...