AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26: Josh Chapman #99 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates their 42-14 win over the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
2012 NFL Draft- Indianapolis Colts Draft Pick Selections
Position: Nose Tackle
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Strengths: Is short and gets low and uses natural leverage, which helps him routinely beat offensive lineman. Gets most of his penetration on passing plays by pushing the offensive lineman backward into the pocket. Showed his toughness playing most of his senior season on a knee that required surgery.
Weaknesses: Is mainly a space filler of a nose tackle. Chapman is hard to move off the blocks, but he's not a very agile lineman. Shouldn't be relied on as a pass rusher, which makes you think he may only be a two-down lineman at the next level.
Combine quotable: (On playing with a torn ACL) It was difficult at the time. I knew when I found out my ACL was torn vs. Florida, it was just… man, it was kinda had my mind down. But at the same time, there was a little stability in there, and they said I could fix it or keep on going. But if I kept going, it was limited reps, so tape the knee, brace it up to a tee and it was, I mean, as long as I keep going, I could keep going.
Chapman was an unheralded part of a great defense at Alabama last year, and his toughness certainly cannot be questioned after playing almost the entire year on a torn ACL. He's also a guy who has experience playing the Nose in a 3-4 Defense, so there wouldn't be any projection questions about whether he could play the position. The injury will probably drop him a bit into the middle rounds, where he looks like he could be a steal. If the Colts don't get a NT at pick #34, look for Chapman to get serious consideration in later rounds.
Stampede Blue's Initial Take On The Pick:
We bashed Ryan Grigson for ignoring defense in rounds one through four yesterday. Today, we have to give him props for landing Chapman at the top of the 5th Round. Toughness pretty much defines the NT position in a 3-4 defensive scheme, and Chapman seems to have that in spades, playing nearly all of the 2011 season for Alabama with a torn ACL. He anchored a stout 'Bama defense which was critical in winning the National Championship. Excellent pick that fills a major need position. While Chuck Pagano is likely still worried that the first four picks went to the offense, he has to feel a little better now that the Colts have Chapman.
Draft needs remaining:
Quarterback, Nose Tackle, Cornerback, Wide Receiver, Tight End