Mock draft after mock draft has suggested that the pass-rush needy New York Giants could select Eastern Kentucky DE Noah Spence with the 10th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Draft analysts Mike Mayock and Mel Kiper have both pushed that idea. Now, Spence had admitted on Friday that he met with the Giants.
I asked Eastern Kentucky DE Noah Spence what his meeting with the #Giants was like. His answer: "Good."— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) February 26, 2016
Let's not read too much into this meeting. Teams meet with many players at the Combine -- more than will ever be reported.The Giants and Spence were going to meet at some point. Now we know that it has happened.
We have talked about Spence's background before. He was booted out of Ohio State after a pair of failed drug tests, admitted and was treated for an addiction to Ecstasy, transferred to Eastern Kentucky and was dominant there last season.
Spence weighed in at 6-foot-2, 251 pounds with 33-inch arms on Friday. It isn't, however, his talent or his precise measurements NFL teams really want to learn about. Rather, they want to know about him as a person after his questionable past.
"I'm just telling the truth. My whole story, it's all out there. I'm just not holding anything back," Spence told reporters on Friday. "I failed two drug test and they got me suspended."
Spence admitted the problem was Ecstasy, and said "I don't do much partying nowadays."
"Honestly, it was more me going to parties and stuff like that. It was never really an addiction," Spence said. "I feel like everything is done and it's out in the open. I never got away with anything. It's all there."
Spence said he is drug tested regularly and that "I've grown from the situation and I've become a better person."
Shaq Lawson to meet with Giants
Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson has also been considered a target for the Giants with the 10th overall pick. He reportedly also has a meeting set with the Giants.
Clemson DE Shaq Lawson says he's scheduled to meet with #Giants. I think there's a real chance he's the guy at No. 10.— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) February 26, 2016