The Colts continue to draft in the trenches. They take another lineman, this time defensive end Tyquan Lewis.
The Colts have taken another defensive lineman. Tyquan Lewis, out of Ohio State, is the latest draft selection from Indianapolis. Lewis won the Big Ten defensive lineman of the year award back in 2016, and was a key player for the Buckeyes.
Being a Buckeye alumnus, I have watched Lewis up close his entire career. The Colts are getting a fantastic player. He always makes plays and seems to be around the ball constantly. He has sneaky good pass rushing moves, and is a very powerful player.
Lewis probably won’t start out as a starter. He still has some growth to do. But he will be a great player to bring in on pass rushing situations. Chris Ballard saw that the Colts had issues getting to the quarterback last season, so he is addressing that issue quickly.
The system Lewis played in at Ohio State also helps him for the pros. He was on a defensive line rotations, so he should be a relatively fresh prospect without too much tread on his tires. He still has the stamina to play all three downs, though.
The Colts have clearly emphasized the trenches so far in the 2018 draft. They have used four of their first five picks on players inside the trenches. New coach Frank Reich has emphasized toughness, and the trenches are the toughest part of the football field.
Lewis should make an impact early, but maybe not a huge one. He will be used on a rotation basis with the Colts, which is something he is used to. He will have the opportunity to grow and learn to be a feared lineman, and help the Colts finally rush the passer.