The Colts addressed a major need by adding Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye with the 21st overall pick in last night’s first round.
And while it came as a surprise that Paye was even available at 21, what may not come as much of a surprise is Colts’ fans reactions and grades given for the selection.
50% of Colts fans gave an “A” to the team for selecting what many considered to be the top pass rusher at number 21 overall. Understandably so, too, as Indy was clearly in need of a dominant edge presence.
As far as the other grades are concerned, 38% gave the selection a “B,” 4% gave it a “C,” 8% gave it a “D” and not a single fan gave the pick an “F.” Some fans likely viewed offensive tackle as a more pressing need, which is understandable. But the tackle class this year is very strong. Sam Cosmi, Liam Eichenberg and Tevin Jenkins are just three of the quality offensive tackles that are still available.
While Paye’s numbers may not “jump off the screen,” he was plenty disruptive during his four seasons with the Wolverines. Sometimes muddying a pocket makes more of an impact garnering than just tallying sacks. There’s no question that Paye certainly possesses the right traits and characteristics to potentially develop into something special for the Colts.
With how underwhelming and inconsistent the Colts’ edge rushers were last season, fans would likely expect Paye to come in and make an immediate impact.