The Indianapolis Colts traded up in the fifth round with the San Francisco 49ers to draft Stanford defensive tackle David Parry. The Colts received San Francisco's 151st overall pick (which they used to select Parry), while the 49ers received the Colts' 165th overall pick (fifth round) and their 244th overall pick (seventh round).
Parry is the second Stanford defensive lineman selected by the Colts in this draft and the fourth straight defensive player selected after taking wide receiver Phillip Dorsett in the first round. As a fifth-year senior at Stanford in 2014, the 6-1, 308 pound lineman was an All-Pac 12 honorable mention and on the Pac-12 All-Academic team. He recorded 34 tackles (7.5 for loss) and 4.5 sacks in his senior season, playing in 12 games. He was also an honorable mention for the Bulsworth trophy, which is awarded annually to the country's best player that began his career as a walk-on.
He is a two-gap defensive lineman who plays well against the run, and while strength and size are a bit of a concern, he's a great fit for the Colts and a nice get here in the fifth round as the Colts trade up to draft him.
Here's what our own Andrew Aziz had to say about Parry in his draft guide (available for purchase here):
Parry is a stout, well built defensive tackle with good strength. He comes out of his stance with good power and gives his opponents a good pop upon initial contact. He has violent hands and he can disengage quickly and early from opponents. He has as short frame with short arms and short legs. He needs to build on weight in the NFL and must also learn to control his aggression. He also needs to work on the speed of which he gets out of his stance.
Overall, Parry's length may hurt his ceiling, but he has the traits and the motor that you look for and could eventually become a starter.
NFL Ceiling: Average Defensive Tackle
NFL Draft Projection: 5th Round
Here are the Colts' picks in the draft:
- First Round - 29th overall pick - Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
- Third Round - 65th overall pick (from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
- Third Round - 93rd overall pick - Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford
- Fourth Round - 109th overall pick (from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - Clayton Geathers, S, UCF
- Fifth Round - 151st overall pick - David Parry, DT, Stanford
- Sixth Round - 205th overall pick
- Sixth Round - 207th overall pick (from the Seattle Seahawks)
Seventh Round - 244th overall pick (from the Dallas Cowboys)
- Seventh Round - 255th overall pick (compensatory pick)
Here are the Colts remaining needs (in no particular order):
- Running Back
- Offensive Lineman
- Inside Linebacker
- Pass Rusher