Colts Select Linebacker Matthew Adams With Pick 221

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 15: Keenen Johnson
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 15: Keenen Johnson /

The Colts have a lot of positions of need to fill in this draft, one of them being linebacker. They have taken one in the seventh round to help with the depth at that position.

The Colts have selected linebacker Matthew Adams with the 221st pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Adams played his college ball at Houston. He was taken in the 7th round, and the Colts hope they found value late in the draft.

Adams is a good tackler, recording 80+ tackles his final two years at Houston. He was a good run stopper, and was used mostly in that capacity. He isn’t a great pass rusher, having only recorded 6.5 sacks in his entire collegiate career.

Most 7th round picks aren’t expected to amount to much, but Adams could help the Colts. They are desperately thin at the linebacker position, and can use as many bodies as they can get there. Adams would probably be mainly a special teams player and would likely not see many defensive snaps.

Even though he is a 7th round pick, Adams has the chance to develop. Every player, if coached right, can be an impact player. Adams can be developed, but may not be able to be an NFL starter anytime soon. He still has a lot to learn, and the speed of the game might be too much for him.

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If any team can get a player who makes any impact after being a 7th round pick, they have struck gold. Anything Adams can give the Colts will be an added bonus. He is probably good enough to make the roster, but don’t be shocked if he is one of the final players cut come training camp.