The Colts went very defense heavy in their draft this season. That was clearly something they wanted to do from the beginning. One of those guys should help on the front four.
Gerri Green was drafted in the sixth round last week. He is a defensive end out of Mississippi State. The Colts are trying to build depth along the defensive line, so bringing him in helps out with that. But Green isn’t just a depth guy. They think he can contribute.
A big reason why they think that is because of his technique. Green is very quick with his hands and knows how to use leverage well. Those are two key things you need to have when playing defensive end. He also is quick, another trait you need.
Green is added to a suddenly very crowded defensive front. He is added along with Justin Houston, who was the biggest free agent acquisition the Colts made. He is likely going to be fighting for playing time with Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis, although to a lesser extent because they may move him to defensive tackle.
Competition is what this organization preaches, and that’s what they are building now. Having that many players on the defensive line gives them that, and also allows a nice rotation during the game. No one player will get too tired because they won’t play all of the snaps.
It wouldn’t be shocking to see Green contribute right away, but it also wouldn’t be surprising to see him flame out. There is a lot of pressure to perform right away in today’s league, and he has a lot of players ahead of him on the depth chart. He’ll need to work extremely hard.
His hard work is a given, but his success isn’t He will be an interesting player to watch come training camp.