Noah Spence's favorite pass-rusher? Chiefs' Justin Houston
We've already heard high praise for Bucs rookie defensive end Noah Spence, from Gerald McCoy's scouting and Donovan Smith's history and Robert Ayers comparing him to Denver's Von Miller.
But asked which NFL pass-rusher he likes the most on Thursday, Spence answered with Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston, who had 22 sacks in 2014 before being limited by injuries last season.
"I love Justin Houston," Spence said. "I really like (Miami DE) Cameron Wake's game. His getoff and relentlessness. I watch games, I look up their highlights on Youtube and watch all the time. I used to watch them the night before games."
Asked the last time a pass-rusher got him up out of his seat, Spence went with Houston, specifically remembering a 2013 game in which Houston had 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble in a win against the Eagles.
"He went inside like five steps and then came back out and had the tackle looking crazy," said Spence, who will play against Houston and the Chiefs on the road Nov. 20. "I was like 'Man, that's nuts.' ... I watch the highlights and it gives me moves and stuff, inspiration."
Spence said making it through the intense scrutiny of the draft process is "like a weight lifted off of me," and he's excited to just be back to playing football. He said he hopes he'll be judged based on his actions and conduct as a Bucs player, rather than off-field problems that led to his dismissal from Ohio State.
"You can't just keep judging a person off who they were. That was a couple of years back," he said. "I feel like I'm a changed person now, feel like I'm more mature and everything. Just tryng to turn over a new leaf and be a better person."