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Report: Noah Spence Visiting With Redskins


Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence on Tuesday reportedly visited with the Redskins. Spence -- a projected first-round pick -- split his college career between two schools.

The Washington Redskins on Tuesday hosted Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence for a visit according to John Keim of ESPN.

Spence spent his final active collegiate season with Eastern Kentucky where he recorded 11.5 sacks for the Colonels.

Prior to his time with the Division I-AA school, Spence played for and attended The Ohio State University.

During his true freshman season in 2012 for Ohio State, Spence totaled 12 tackles and his first-career sack against Miami on a total of 237 defensive snaps on the year.

In 2013, Spence started all 13 games for the Buckeyes at defensive end, recording 52 tackles (14.5 for loss) and eight sacks while earning first-team All-Big Ten honors by the media.

But Spence failed multiple drug tests and was subsequently suspended before being ruled ineligible for the 2014 season. That's when he landed at Eastern Kentucky.

The 6-foot-2, 251 pounder has admitted to his mistakes and taken full responsibility for his actions.

Now he's just looking to close that chapter of his life and start anew as an NFL player.

"Just stayed on top of it," Spence said at the NFL Combine of moving on. "Been drug tested frequently. And just put my focus more on football, school and stuff like that."

Spence has had a busy few months since his final game for Eastern Kentucky, as he was a standout during January's Senior Bowl (recording a sack) followed by the Combine and the school's pro day.

While he didn't have the strongest Combine outing, Spence followed it up with a worthy pro day performance less than a week later, running the 40-yard dash in reported times of 4.75 and 4.79 seconds while also participating in defensive drills.

"I was just too tight [at the combine]," said Spence, who had been dealing with a hamstring injury. "I'm still not 100 percent, but it felt good. It felt a lot better."

According to his draft profile, Spence plays "with a big motor and tremendous endurance."

"Had eight-sack season as a sophomore at Ohio State. Plays at same speed throughout the game. Good upfield burst. Has played with hand in the ground and standing. Won't give away leverage by engaging too early in pass rush. Has solid speed to the edge with a strong rip move at the top of his rush to turn the corner. Takes good angles around the rush arc. Quick lateral slide down the line to restrict running lanes. Plays with a sense of desperation when the ball is in his area. Eludes lead blockers and cut ­blocks. Pursues around the field looking to scoop up tackles. Dominated his level of competition with 11.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss and 63 tackles over 11 games. Scouts call him an intelligent person and player. Has had success fighting through adversity and has renewed sense of urgency on and off the field as well as a sense of accountability. Former head coach Urban Meyer helped get Spence a second chance because he believes Spence is high character but made mistakes," his profile states.

This is the second reported visitor of the week for the Redskins, as a report surfaced that Florida State linebacker Reggie Northrup was meeting with the team yesterday.




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