Akeem Spence to enter NFL draft

Illinois defensive lineman Akeem Spence will announce Friday that he's entering the NFL draft, according to a source close to the player.

Spence registered 72 tackles, including seven for losses in his junior campaign. The 6-foot-1, 305-pound Spence had 69 tackles, including 5.5 sacks as a sophomore.

ESPN's Scouts Inc. rates Spence as the 10th-best player at his position and the 45th best overall in the 2013 draft.