The Colts added a total of 7 defenders during their draft. One of those is a linebacker out of Stanford who is drawing comparisons to a current Colts linebacker.
Bobby Okereke was drafted in the third round out of Stanford. He is a linebacker that could be used alongside Darius Leonard and fellow draftee Ben Banogu. But Okereke is already garnering comparisons to the the aforementioned Leonard.
Leonard is already a start in this league. He was able to be a First Team All-Pro and led the team in tackles while still missing a game. Okereke has already been compared to the All-Pro based on his pre-draft workouts and his college tape and work ethic.
If you’re a Colts fan, you’re jacked up about that. Having another linebacker of that quality next to Leonard would be a huge deal. Okereke is a smart guy who works very hard at his craft. He also good at stopping the run and can be a serviceable cover linebacker.
Drafting these two linebackers as high as the Colts did means that they are going to have those young guys get a lot of playing time. Okereke has a chance to be a part of a core of young linebackers who can grow together and get better together.
Okereke will be given an opportunity to start day one. He has to keep his work ethic up and needs to get a little better at rushing the passer. But if he keeps working, he can be as good as anyone the Colts have on their roster.