Former Eastern Kentucky University defensive end Noah Spence is participating at the NFL Draft Combine this weekend. Spence was recently predicted to be a top-10 NFL draft pick in April by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.
The NFL Combine runs from Feb. 24 to Feb. 29. Spence is scheduled to work out on Sunday with the defensive linemen and linebackers. NFL Combine workouts include the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill and shuttle run. Spence will also have the opportunity to interview directly with NFL teams.
Kiper’s recent mock draft has Spence going No. 10 to the New York Giants. However, continued strong performances and interviews could mean Spence is off the board before the Giants get to pick.
Spence ended his junior season at EKU by being chosen as an All-American by the Associated Press, STATS, Walter Camp Foundation and College Sporting News. He was also chosen as the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Defensive Performer of the Year by College Football Performance Awards.
Spence announced in December that he will forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL draft. He finished fourth in voting for the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year Award and was chosen as the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year
In January, Spence had an outstanding performance at the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
The 6-foot-3 defensive end made an immediate impact after transferring from Ohio State. He finished the season ranked fourth nationally in tackles for a loss (2.0/game), fifth in sacks (1.05/game) and 22nd in forced fumbles per game (0.27).
Overall the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native had 22.5 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks, the fourth-most in EKU single-season history. He also contributed 63 tackles (31 solo), 15 quarterback hurries, forced three fumbles and recovered two fumbles. He had at least one sack in nine of 11 games including 2.5 combined in two games against FBS opponents. His play up front, which included seeing numerous double teams, helped EKU rank 15th nationally in rush defense (111.8 yards per game allowed).
Spence earned his degree on Dec. 11.