The Colts passed on defensive tackles Stephen Paea and Marvin Austin in round two only to take LSU defensive tackle Drake Nevis with the No. 86 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Nevis is a nasty defensive tackle that loves to get after the ball carrier. His quick first step is among the best in this draft class and makes him a great fit at the 3 technique position. When I watch him play he gives me avibe in the way he gets into the backfield. Ultimately, Nevis may find himself sliding in the draft due to the limits of what position he can play. However, the 2nd round is as far as he will fall and whoever selects him will get a guy capable of contributing right away.
Well, Nevis slid farther than Dan thought, but to have a projected second rounder fall to No. 86 in round three, and that player being a DT (a position of need), I can understand why the Colts would scoop him up
My feelings on Nevis are very different than the opinions I expressed with last years third round choice, Kevin Thomas. Thomas was an oft-injured corner from USC who (shockingly) didn't play a down in 2010 because he got hurt in his first practice with the Colts.
Nevis, however, could be someone that could make an impact on this team. Is he a 'rock' DT who can stop the run? No. He's a quick player, a penetrator. He's got a deadly first step, and plays fast. He's the kind of player d-line coach John Terrlinck loves.
Among the defensive tackles in this draft class, Nevis has arguably the quickest first step of the group. He explodes off the football and delivers a violent blow to the offensive line. His excellent snap recognition and quick first step are a deadly combination and allow Nevis to penetrate the pocket.
Pass rushing from the DT spot? That would be nice.
How do you feel about this pick?