A lot of people poo-poo’ed the third round selection of Miami, FL linebacker Sean Spence in last year’s NFL Draft but I wasn’t really one of them. While his size concerned me a bit, I looked at the selection as perhaps an acknowledgement by the ‘old guard Steelers’ of a changing National Football League.
Spence was a tackling machine coming out of college and just as importantly he could cover tight ends and backs out of the backfield very well. In today’s pass-heavy offenses, this is an absolute must for a linebacker, especially one in Dick LeBeau’s system.
When Spence went down on the Heinz Field turf last August in a pres-season game, you didn’t need to be a doctor to figure out this was a serious injury. Indeed it was as Spence was gone for the entire season and questions are still being asked about whether he’ll ever play again.
For the record, Spence tore both his ACL and LCL as well as dislocating his knee cap in the game against Carolina last year. The issue now centers arou...