Training camp is in full swing and the Colts are just over a week away from their first preseason game.
In the first few days of camp many players have begun to make a name for themselves. Along the defensive line, Johnathan Hankins has been showing why he is worth his contract, and Al Woods has been working his way towards starting.
However, the most impressive D-Lineman, in comparison to expectations, has been fourth round pick Grover Stewart.
Stewart played college ball at Division II Albany State. As expected, he dominated his opponents in the limited amount of tape that is available to the public. Despite his impressive film, many people were skeptical about Stewart’s NFL future, believing that his game would not translate to the next level.
It should be noted that he has yet to even play a preseason game. But his performance in training camp should have fans eager to see what he can do once the Colts hit the field for their first preseason game against the Lions on August 13.
Unfortunately, training camp is not open to the public this year, but Colts analysts have been raving about the 6′ 4″ 333-pound Grover Stewart.
Along with this massive frame, he has showcased an abnormally quick first step. The combination of these two attributes has made him nearly unblockable in the first few days of camp.
If Stewart plays well this preseason, he could find himself a regular role on Sundays.
An NFL team can never have too many good defensive lineman, and Stewart seems like he could be a strong rotational player for the Colts. He shouldn’t be expected to start, but Stewart could be find some playing time at both the nose tackle as well as the 3-technique.
Nose tackle is probably a better fit for him, but an ability to play the 3-technique would make him even more valuable.
Defensive coordinator Ted Monachino would love to have another solid D-lineman to allow him to make more subs and keep guys like Johnathan Hankins and Henry Anderson fresh.
The Colts defensive line will be one of the deepest units on the team, and Grover Stewart is making a strong case for why he should be a key piece of this strong rotation.