With defensive end Dwight Freeney nursing a foot injury, the Colts’ lack of pass-rushing depth was exposed in Super Bowl XLIV. Raheem Brock failed to push the pocket, and Drew Brees picked apart a normally stout Indianapolis secondary en route to a 37-17 win.
Colts president Bill Polian has done something about it.
With the 31st overall pick in the draft, Polian selected TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes.
Hughes comes up just short of the 6-foot-2 benchmark for pass rushers, but was unstoppable in college. The Horned Frogs’ first two-time consensus first-team All-American since 1935, Hughes accounted for 26.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles in his final two seasons.
In Indianapolis, the 6-foot-1, 255-pound edge rusher will compete for snaps behind Freeney and Robert Mathis. Hughes is seen by some as explosive enough off the snap to even succeed as a three-technique, interior rusher. He should not struggle for snaps in year one.