The Colts decided to get defensive in the seventh round, taking a couple of linebackers. The first of those is Matthew Adams.
The Colts are going from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3. With that being the case, linebacker might be one of the few positions on the roster where they have some sort of depth. But with some of those backers moving to defensive end, they decided to increase the depth further by taking Matthew Adams out of Houston.
Adams had a lot of tackles in his final two years at Houston, tallying 82 and 88 tackles in his junior and senior year. He wasn’t very effective rushing the passer though, only recording 6.5 sacks in his career. But he wasn’t asked to be a primary rusher.
Adams doesn’t do much in pass coverage either, as he did not have a single interception in his four years at Houston. He would be used as a run stopper in Indianapolis. He is a very sure tackler, and doesn’t have many that he misses. Adams would be a good gap filler in run blitzes.
But without being able to rush the passer or play in coverage, his versatility is limited. Adams is likely going to have to play well on special teams to get a roster spot. He is a good tackler, but doesn’t do one thing really well to set him apart.
Seventh round draft choices are rarely counted on for much. If Adams turns out to be a good player, then it’s a bonus. But you have to wonder if the Colts would’ve been better served taking a receiver or a defensive back. Both of those positions lack depth.
Adams will have to work hard to make the team. If he does, he can learn to refine his skills and give value to the Colts in the future.