DE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
Why it makes sense: On talent alone, Noah Spence would be a surefire top-ten prospect. If he can put his off-the-field issues behind him, the Packers could land one of the best pure pass rushers the draft has to offer.
Why it doesn’t make sense: This would be an extremely risky pick. Spence was kicked out of Ohio State for failing multiple drugs tests, and this isn’t an issue to take lightly. There’s as much chance of him running into further trouble as there is him putting it behind him and staying clean.
Verdict: This one comes down to trusting the coaching staff. Ted Thompson will have done all of the appropriate due diligence beforehand and will have spoken to Spence in person. If he’s selected at No. 27, we have to assume the Packers are convinced his off-the-field issues are behind him and won’t remerge in Green Bay.
If that’s the case, we have to trust their opinion and look at the talent Spence brings to the table, which is an awful lot.
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