Report: Colts Met with Northwestern DL Dean Lowry
According to WGN Chicago Bears Insider Adam Hoge, the Indianapolis Colts recently met with Northwestern defensive lineman Dean Lowry:
The 6’6″, 296 pound defensive lineman is coming off a standout senior season for the Wildcats, recording 46 tackles–including 13.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks in 12 games. He was named as a 2nd-Team All-Big Ten honoree.
Lowry has been highly regarded for his initial “quick step”:
Currently, Lowry is projected to be a mid-late round draft pick and could add useful rotational depth to the Colts defensive line (via his NFL.com draft profile):
"Oct 3, 2015; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats defensive lineman Dean Lowry (94) sacks Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) during the first half of the game at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY SportsSTRENGTHSComes off the snap with burst and good pad level. Gives chase on the backside with great motor and good play speed. Willing to pursue the ball with consistency or effort. When pad level is good, can generate effective speed-to-power attack. Has play frame to fit classic 3-4 DE spot. Coaches praise his work ethic and team-first mentality. Does the dirty work that helps others succeed. Always active. Tackle finisher who rarely allows runners to escape. Had as many tackles and more tackles for loss than Joey Bosa."
"WEAKNESSESShort arms and small hands prevent him from posting higher win percentage at point of attack. Not as aware of the ball as he needs to be. Needs to unhinge from blockers earlier when runners are in his neighborhood. Gets stood straight up at contact as bull rusher. Pad level and narrow base rob him of bull-rush power when rushing from inside. Dull, straight-ahead rusher with no pass rush plan. Doesn’t threaten the edges of blockers. Marginal playmaking change of direction.BOTTOM LINETry-hard player with good size who is always active. While he won’t be considered a pass rushing threat, Lowry’s production was a function of effort and flashes of power and the aforementioned traits and qualities give him a good shot at being drafted and becoming an NFL backup."