Oct 6, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive tackle Akeem Spence (94) prior to the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Akeem Spence Drafted By the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Fourth Round of the NFL Draft

Sept. 8, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils running back Cameron Marshall (6) is tackled by Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Patrick Nixon-Youman (4) and defensive lineman Akeem Spence (94) in the first quarter at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

During the fourth round of the NFL Draft, DT Akeem Spence was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 100th overall pick. The pick was originally owned by the Oakland Raiders, but was traded to the Buccaneers.

There were some mock drafts coming into the real NFL draft that said Spence would go in the fourth round, but not with the 100th overall pick.

He joins a Bucs draft class that has CB Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State), QB Mike Glennon (North Carolina State), DE William Gholston (Michigan State), and DE Steven Means (Buffalo).

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network had this to say about Spence being drafted by the Bucs:

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 didn’t always see that strength turn into functional strength on the field. I like him. For Tampa Bay, he’ll be a good player. But I want to see that weight-room strength trasnfer to the field.

Spence has the potential to contribute right away. There is very little that he needs to work on to be a contributor from day one.

The good things about Spence are his strong hands and that he can hold at the point of attack. However, his hands are slow and he won’t run legs when engaged.

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