I will admit.. I wasn't partuarlity happy about this pick when it was announced, but it is beginning to grow on me. I, like all of you, wanted Ta'amu from Washington at our pick, but I am going to trust the organization on this one. Per Walter Football:
Sean Spence, OLB, Miami
Height: 5-11. Weight: 231.
40 Time: 4.56. 10-Yd Split: 1.59.
Vertical: 33.5. Broad: 9-11.
Arm: 31 1/2. Hand: 9 3/8.
Projected Round (2012): 3-4.
4/25/12: Spence ran well at the Combine, but he showed a lack of strength with the lowest total on the bench press of any linebacker. It was by a wide margin as well. There is a wide variety in the opinions on Spence, but he should be a solid mid-round pick.
In 2011, Spence was all over the field, yet constantly around the football, for Miami. He is a good tackler who rarely gets caught out of position. Spence had 106 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, three sacks and a forced fumble this year. He played very well against Georgia Tech, Miami and many other opponents. The only thing that holds Spence back from being ranked higher is a lack of size. Getting off blocks could be an issue for him at the next level.
Spence's draft stock has been bouncing between the second and third day. He is undersized and only a fit for 4-3 defenses, so that hurts the number of teams that can consider him.
8/23/11: When watching film of Miami, linebacker Sean Spence is impossible to ignore. He had a massive season and flies around the field to constantly be around the football. Last year, he had 110 tackles with 16 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, six passes broken up, and one forced fumble.
Spence has good instincts with a nose for the football. Due to his undersized stature, he is definitely an outside linebacker exclusively, but Spence has added weight from earlier in college when he was weighing in around 212 pounds. The question will be if Spence can add another 10 pounds of bulk to hold up at the NFL level. That would be ideal for him as a run defender.
Spence might not necessarily fit our system, but he is an absolute ball player. A tackling machine, speedy cover linebacker, and a vocal leader.. I believe he can he a good Mack linebacker. It is said that the Steelers are in Nickel Formation about 60% of the time, and Spence is an ideal Nickel Linebacker. He would see more snaps, in this case, than a NT. So let's hope that a great NT falls (Ta'amu) to our pick in the 4th. We are still in good shape. Needs and value are met.