Bucs Got Their “Favorite”May 1st, 2013
Who needs beastly defensive tackle Star Lotoulelei, who was added to the Panthers’ strong front-7 with the 14th overall pick in the draft?
Who needs Sharrif Floyd or Sheldon Richardson?
The Bucs got their favorite defensive tackle in the fourth round, so says Akeem Spence, who just happens to be that guy. Spence told the Chicago Tribune the Bucs advised him he was their top-dog, defensive-tackle target.
“It’s a sigh of relief,” he said. “They told me I was their favorite d tackle. I believed it. They actually came through.”
Spence left Illinois with a year of eligibility remaining but was a three-year starter. What excited him most about being selected by the Buccaneers is the short drive for his family from Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Man, that story from Spence really reinforces Greg Schiano calling Spence “tailor-made” for the nose tackle position.
Joe’s eager to see what Spence can do. It’s clear the Bucs think he can come in and be an anchor on the NFL’s top-ranked run defense. Those are high expectations.