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NFL Analyst Reveals Colts’ Best Offseason Decision of 2024

By meerna Jul11,2024
NFL Analyst Reveals Colts’ Best Offseason Decision of 2024

The Indianapolis Colts used their 15th pick in the 2024 NFL Draft on UCLA defensive end Laiatu Latu. While Indianapolis also needed more help at cornerback and wide receiver, they couldn’t pass up a potential generational edge rusher like Latu.

In Trevor Sikkeme’s book Focus on professional football in an article highlighting the best offseason decisions made by each AFC team, he believes the best decision for the Colts was drafting Latu.

While the Colts finished 2023 as a top-five team in sacks (51), they ranked 23rd in total pressures (279) and 23rd in pressure percentage (31.9%). Enter UCLA pass rusher Laiatu Latu, who has finished in the FBS top five in sacks, total pressures and pass-rush win percentage the past two years. The Colts have impressively recognized the need for pass-rush talent despite their high sack numbers, which should pay dividends in 2024.

Trevor Sikkema | Focus on professional football

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Latu was a standout at UCLA, recording 13.0 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss and 62 quarterback pressures in the 2023 season (per Focus on professional football). Now, Latu will take his incredible potential to a Colts defensive front led by Charlie Partridge. Latu is joined by defensive ends Samson Ebukam, Dayo Odeyingbo and Kwity Paye; and interior defenders like DeForest Buckner, Grover Stewart and Raekwon Davis.

Latu brings a highly skilled style to the edge rusher while also possessing tremendous versatility and fluidity in his movements. Latu has been a pain in both the pass rush and run defense, posting a solid 82.1 grade in 210 run defense snaps. His run-stopping abilities are also evident in the absurd amount of tackles for loss he has accumulated in 2023.

Latu is one of the best defensive prospects ever recruited by Indianapolis, and he comes into the perfect situation to succeed. Latu also brings serious firepower to an already tough Indianapolis defense. If Latu can find his groove early in the 2024 season, he could put together a campaign worthy of NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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