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Ranking The New York Jets First-Round NFL Draft Candidates

8. Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky

Noah Spence is the ultimate wild card on this list.

Many believe he’s the best pass rusher in the draft. That’s how physically gifted he is. But will Maccagnan actually pull the trigger on a guy who’s experienced such a checkered past?

Spence found himself in trouble for failing two drug tests. After being permanently banned from the Big Ten for the failed test, he underwent treatment for an addiction to Ecstasy.

Once transferred to his new school, Eastern Kentucky, he’s proved his worth with 13.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss in 2015.


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