For one player that is being by projected by some to be a top ten pick in the NFL Draft this April, he sure isn’t getting a lot of attention from the people that actually matter.
Ever since the NFL Combine last week, former Ohio State and Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence’s stock has been dropping. And when I say dropping, I mean like a rock thrown into a swimming pool with no water in it.
Apparently, things have gotten so bad for Spence that there were no NFL general managers or head coaches at his Pro Day on Friday. NFL.com’s Dan Parr reported the news saying “Tampa Bay defensive line coach Jay Hayes was the only position coach present.”
This probably has a lot to do with Spence’s somewhat disappointing 4.8 40 time at the Combine after being expected to run in the low 4.6’s. He did improve on the time somewhat, running a 4.75 and 4.79 at his Pro Day.
“It’s not a killer. It’s not a crushing time, but you’d hope for it to be just a little bit faster,” said NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah of Spence’s 40 time on NFL Network’s Path to the Draft. “… I’d like to see somebody at that size run in the 4.6s, (the) high 4.6s. Maybe in the very, very low 4.7s. I think 4.68 sounds about right for what you’d want to see.”
It is going to be very interesting to see how much farther Spence will fall in the next month. This is a very important time for him and if he doesn’t do something quickly, things could get very ugly.
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