One of the biggest needs for the Indianapolis Colts is at the nose tackle position. This seems to be an area the team is determined to improve in the upcoming NFL draft. The following are five players who are possibilities at the nose tackle position for Indianapolis.
Ta’amu is a big player and may be the best natural nose tackle in the draft. He stands six-feet-two inches and weighs 348 pounds. This would be a great pick for the team to shore up a major position of need. Ta’amu could be an instant starter and rotate with the recently signed Brandon McKinney. Ta’amu is just the player Indianapolis needs to clog up the middle of the defense and help stop the run.
Hicks would be more of a developmental player at the position. He weighs close to 320 pounds and could be selected in the middle to late rounds of the draft. Hicks is similar in size to Haloti Ngata and Pagano would be thrilled if he could get a player to develop into the role Ngata plays in Baltimore.
Chapman comes from a great program in Alabama and faced strong competition in the SEC. He’s just 315 pounds but is a very strong player and played nose tackle for the defending national champions. Chapman could fall in the draft since he’s currently rehabbing an ACL injury suffered last season. If he’s healthy I think Chapman is a player the team could insert and be an impact player right away.
Fangupo played nose tackle at BYU and is a big body for a smaller player. At 325 pounds, Fangupo fits the type of player Indianapolis is likely looking for on the defensive line.
Nick Jean-Baptiste played the nose tackle at Baylor and in 2011. Baptiste weighs 335 pounds and would be a big addition to the team. I think this would be a great selection around the fifth round and one where the team could maximize value and fulfill a major need.
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