The Indianapolis Colts have already started bringing in undrafted free agents, signing Syracuse defensive end Kendall Coleman.
The 2020 NFL Draft may be over for the Indianapolis Colts, but there’s still some work to do to find talent for the roster. One position that wasn’t addressed in the draft was getting more help on the edge, and the Colts made quick work of that by bringing in undrafted free agent Kendall Coleman, the defensive end out of Syracuse.
Coleman played in 44 games in his career with the Orange, including 12 in his freshman season, and was a four year starter. After two seasons with minimal production, Coleman broke out as a junior, logging 10 sacks and 12 tackles for loss. His sack production dipped back down again his senior season, as he only registered four, but still got in the backfield for a total of 10 tackles for loss.
So what does Coleman bring as a prospect to the Colts? He’s very technical as a pass rusher, and shows great hand usage on tape. He can quickly disengage from blockers using a variety of moves, including good hand swipes, an effective club-rip maneuver, and more.
Coleman went undrafted because of his lack of twitch and athleticism, something that is highly valued and correlates well with successful pass rushers in the NFL. His RAS of 3.06 graded out poorly in the 2020 NFL Draft class, with poor agility and size scores, and an average explosion grade, which backs up Coleman’s pretty good first step off the edge.
The athletic profile doesn’t mean he can’t stick in the league, or even with the Indianapolis Colts for that matter. Coleman will get the opportunity to show what he’s got in camp, and with Indianapolis lacking a bit on the edge, there’s a chance he can win a spot to rotate in as a strong side edge at times in their defense because of his great technique. Coleman will be one to watch when training camp rolls around.