Indianapolis Colts- DE Noah Spence (Eastern Kentucky)
Decker would have been a logical fit for the Colts at 18, but he went off the board to Atlanta at pick 17. The Colts have had offensive line struggles for years especially protecting franchise quarterback Andrew Luck last season. Spence is a former teammate of Decker at Ohio State before he was banned from the Big Ten for two failed drug tests. He played at Eastern Kentucky in 2015 to get help for his off the field issues and rehab his draft image. It somewhat paid off for him as he racked up 13.5 sacks and was named an FCS All-American. Spence played mostly defensive end in college, but many scouts expect him to fit better as 3-4 linebacker in the NFL which he has done as well. The Colts are aging to say the least at outside linebacker with Trent Cole and Robert Mathis winding down their careers. Indianapolis tied for 22nd in the league last season with 32 sacks as a defense. Scouts praise Spence for his nonstop motor and endurance throughout the course of a game. He has strong rip moves to get around the corner while lacking elite speed off the edge. His motor and constant knack to be around the ball will reflect well on teams. Spence needs to develop his strength like most college players coming out and is the main reason why he’s a better fit at linebacker than defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. He would benefit early on from pinning his ears back on passing downs to get after the quarterback. Over the course of the year he may develop into more of a starting player for the Colts especially with the injury concerns for Cole and Mathis.