NFL Draft 2015: Colts Select DT David Parry in Fifth Round
By Evan Reller
With the 15th pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected David Parry, defensive tackle from Stanford.
The Colts stuck to the theme of defense by trading up to take Parry, they traded a seventh rounder to move up 14 spots. They also continued the trend of taking players solely from Stanford or the state of Florida.
Parry is a space eater at 6-1 and 308 pounds. He projects as a nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme and will be lining up next to fellow Stanford alum Henry Anderson, who was taken last night by the Colts.
Parry started all 11 games as a senior and played in 52 games at Stanford. He accounted for 91 tackles during his tenure, including 17 for a loss. He also had 6.5 sacks, with his senior year being the most productive and accounting for 4.5 of them.
Parry excels against the run and that’s exactly what the Colts need. He’s a powerful defender off the line and is best suited for shooting the two-gap as a nose tackle.
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He isn’t very good as a pass rusher and will likely be limited to defending the run on first and second downs.
Parry’s best attribute is probably his toughness. He’s played through injury and never gives up on a play. He’ll forget a bad play and come back on the next down with a stop.
He’s a good fit for the Colts scheme and should help when it comes to stopping the run. The Colts took two Stanford linemen and the Cardinal defense allowed just 3.07 yards per carry with the run defense ranking seventh in the country.
The addition of Parry brings the total number of Stanford alumni currently on the Colts roster to five. There is a rumor of a large pine tree being planted outside the Colts complex later today.
Make sure to stay tuned as the draft continues this afternoon.