Bucs' Ayers: Noah Spence has some Von Miller in him
A month after the draft, asking about "NFL comps" can be dangerous -- they're almost always too flattering or ambitious for a rookie who hasn't played a snap in the NFL yet. But this time of year is all about potential in the NFL, so it's always interesting to hear the responses.
Asked about second-round rookie defensive end Noah Spence, Bucs veteran Robert Ayers had as glowing a comparison as a young pass-rusher could hope for -- Broncos standout Von Miller, who played with Ayers from 2011-13 in Denver.
"I told him he kind of reminds me, stature and watching his college film, he kinds of reminds me of Von Miller," Ayers said Thursday after the Bucs' OTA practice. "Von Miller was a 4.4 (40-yard) guy, though, so he's a little bit different, but their body language and their body movement, their build, their stature, their arm length and things like that, they're real similar. Von is a lot faster, but just the way they play and the way they do things is real similar."
Ayers was careful to point out where they're similar and where they're not, so it's a valid, detailed comparison. Ayers is excited by his first week of OTAs with a full roster of veterans and rookies.
"It's real energetic," he said. "A lot of things are contagious, Winning is contagious, losing's contagious, having a positive attitude is contagious. You can have a lot of guys that are negative and they can bring the room down, but here, I haven't seen one guy that's like that, and it's rubbing off. It's rubbing off on me, it's rubbing off on all the new guys ... The atmosphere is real contagious and the expectations are high and we're trying to win."