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NFL Mock Draft 2016: Matt Miller has Colts taking pass rusher Noah Spence

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In his latest mock draft, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has the Colts taking pass rusher Noah Spence in the first round.

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The Colts have been relatively quiet so far in free agency, meaning that they still have several needs to fill in the upcoming NFL Draft.  Arguably the biggest one is at pass rush, but Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has the Colts addressing the area in his latest mock draft.

Miller has the Colts taking Eastern Kentucky pass rusher Noah Spence with the 18th overall pick, adding a legitimate threat at pass rush.  Miller also mentioned that Spence worked out for the Colts earlier this week, saying that "Spence, who dominated the Senior Bowl, would be an ideal fit at "Sam" linebacker in the Colts defense."

Spence is regarded as the best pass rusher in this year's draft, though some off-the-field concerns could cause him to drop a bit - which could cause him to fall to the Colts' spot.  Spence began his collegiate career at Ohio State, and really stepped up in his sophomore season as he recorded eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss en route to being named first-team Big Ten.  After that season, however, he was banned from the conference for multiple failed drug tests, leading him to transfer to Eastern Kentucky.  There, he had a terrific 2015 season, recording 11.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss.  He projects as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 system in the NFL and would be a nice fit in the Colts' defense.  It makes sense why they visited with him earlier this week, as they surely want to know a bit more about the off-the-field stuff, but Spence would certainly make a difference on the field.

What would you think about this pick for the Colts?