When the NFL Draft comes around in April, personnel executives will have a tough decision to make over Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence, who goes into the process with first-round talent but also a personal history that could greatly affect where he ends up being selected.
Spence – Urban Meyer’s first five-star recruit as Ohio State head coach – enjoyed an excellent sophomore season with the Buckeyes, finishing with 14.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks and earning All-Big Ten honors.
However, after testing positive for a banned substance at the Big Ten title game, he was banned for the Orange Bowl and the opening two games of the 2014 campaign.
He then claimed his failed test was as a result of something being put into his drink. But a second positive test for ecstasy in September 2014 led to Spence being permanently suspended from the Big Ten.
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