Bio blast: DT Akeem Spence (4th round)
Fourth round (100th overall)
Position: Defensive tackle
Height/weight: 6-1, 307
Hometown: Fort Walton Beach, FL
College highlights: One of the stronger linemen in the draft, bench pressing 225 pounds 37 times at the NFL Combine...Started all 38 games he appeared at Illinois, recording 186 tackles, with 3.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss...Had a career-high 72 tackles his junior year, when he was named All-Big Ten honorable mention...Played nose and three-technique.
High school: As a senior at Fort Walton Beach High, he racked up 80 tackles with five sacks, receiving Class 4A All-District II accolades, helping the team go 10-2 and win the district title. He was a three-star prospect from Rivals.com, with ESPN rating him the 34th best defensive tackle in the nation.
Personal: Communications major at Illinois, was scheduled to graduate last December. Son of Karen and Floyd Spence.