Photo of Akeem Spence
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  • 5.15 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 37 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 107.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.82 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.72 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 33 1/2" Arm Length
  • 307LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands


As a three start recruit, Spence helped lead team to a 10-2 record and district championship, as he recorded 80 tackles and five sacks as a senior. Throughout his high school career, Spence also competed in track and field, as he threw shot put and discus. Spence chose Illinois over Iowa State, Syracuse, N.C. State and South Florida. He earned bachelor's degree in communication in Dec. of 2012

Spence started his college career with a redshirt in 2009. The following season, Spence was named to the Freshman All-American team, as he compiled 45 tackles (4.0 for loss) and a sack. In 2011, Spence moved up from a rotational piece into a full-time starter, as he started all 13 games at defensive tackle. He notched 69 tackles (5.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks. As a junior, Spence started in all 12 games and managed 72 tackles (7 for loss) and one sack. Spence was an honorable mention for the All-Big Ten team.



Good build, carries his weight well. Strong hands. Can jolt offensive lineman, and is a physical tackling presence. Moves down the line well, shows good range. Can hold at the point of attack. Lots of starting experience, doesn't tire easily.


Doesn't explode off the ball. Fires off with higher than ideal pad level. Slow to use his hands. Won't run legs when engaged. Not the best at handling doubles. Not much of a pass rusher.

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Bottom Line

Spence has a good build and displays a strong set of hands. He's a physical tackler, and will make tackles all around the line of scrimmage. However, he needs to improve how he comes off the ball, and needs to make better use of the power in his upper and lower body. He should be a mid-round selection as a 4-3 nose tackle.
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.