The Buccaneers announced on Wednesday that they have signed 2013 draft pick DT Akeem Spence. Spence is the fourth of the six Bucs 2013 draft pick to sign, and only CB Johnthan Banks and QB Mike Glennon are left.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed 2013 NFL Draft pick DT Akeem Spence.
Spence (6-1, 307) was selected in the fourth round (100th overall) out of the University of Illinois. He started all 38 games he played for the Fighting Illini, totaling 186 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 26 quarterback pressures in only three years.
Spence was a member of the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy watch lists as a junior, while also earning second-team All-Big Ten honors from Phil Steele. Spence was selected first-team All-Big Ten by The NFL Draft Report after his sophomore season and earned Freshman All-American honors from College Football News, and the FWAA.
A native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Spence attended Fort Walton Beach High, where, in addition to his playing football, he was a state weight-lifting champion.
The signing of Spence now leaves just second-round pick Johnthan Banks and quaterback Mike Glennon left to sign. RB Mike James, DL Steven Means, DE William Gholston signed their rookie deals earlier this week.
Tampa Bay begins OTAs next week at One Buccaneer Place.
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