Akeem Spence SpeaksApril 27th, 2013
New Bucs defensive tackle Akeem Spence spoke with the Bucs pen and mic club shortly after he was drafted this afternoon. Of course, Joe took notes.
“I play with a lot of power, real strong, great first step,” Spence said. “I make a lot of plays chasing receivers down from behind, knocking the ball out and playing from sideline to sideline. I play hard.
“I knew the [Bucs] coaches liked me at the combine, but I couldn’t really tell. I was thinking [from talking to Bucs scouts] it would be yesterday [when drafted].
“I heard [I would be drafted in the] third and my heart was set on third and maybe I could get into the second. Yesterday, I was bummed out. I was thinking ‘What now?’ Getting that call this morning, it was a sigh of relief.
“I can be a plus, taking pressure off of [Gerald McCoy] and taking double-teams off of him. Take pressure off of him and make plays.
“Followed the Bucs back in the day with Warren Sapp and Mike Alstott. With my old teammate, Arrelious Benn on the Bucs, I would watch Bucs games.
“When Coach Schiano called, I almost had a heart attack. I didn’t know they were going to trade for me. To be the second guy drafted today, my dad, he jumped out of his chair and my step-mom, she rolled on the floor. To see that happen was a great moment.”