The Buccaneers will undoubtably look to add defensive end help in this year’s NFL Draft, and a player the team has looked into closely is former Ohio State Buckeye Noah Spence who finished his college career at Eastern Kentucky. Spence was kicked out of Ohio State after his sophomore year for failing multiple drug tests for ecstasy.

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Braxton Miller, a former teammate at Ohio State, talked to last week at the Senior Bowl about his friend.

“He is a baller man, I wish he could have stayed but he had to make a transition to a different college,” Miller said. “But it was good for him to get away from the scene at Ohio State. But when it comes to football, he is a baller. That is my little brother. I am happy to see him out here.”

Spence notched 8.5 sacks at Ohio State, including 7.5 as a sophomore in 2013, then sat out the 2014 season before playing his junior season at Eastern Kentucky where he recorded 11.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for a loss.

“He brings different aspects to the game. I feel like he could play linebacker too,” Miller said. “He’s fast and he is big. He doesn’t look like a D-end with the way his body shape is. He reminds me of Von Miller. Noah is a hardworking guy. He has a motor now.”

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