Colts Select Mississippi State Defensive End Gerri Green In Round Six Of 2019 NFL Draft
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INDIANAPOLIS – Matt Eberflus is going to have quite a few new toys to work with in 2019.
The Colts took a 7th defender in Round 6 of the 2019 Draft, selecting Mississippi State defensive end Gerri Green.
Here are 3 thoughts on the Colts drafting Green:
1. Green Brings Edge Rushing Background
The Colts announced the Green selection as a defensive end. However, Green himself said that the Colts worked him out at linebacker during a private workout.
Green was a linebacker for his first three seasons at Mississippi State before starting at defensive end last fall.
The Mississippi State defense had 3 first-round picks in 2019, including defensive linemen Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons.
Similar to Ben Banogu, Green brings an edge rushing background, as he had 8.5 sacks in his final two seasons at Mississippi State.
2. Linebacker or End?
Green said NFL teams were split on working him out at linebacker or defensive end this spring.
If Green really ends up being a linebacker, this is the 4th linebacker the Colts have drafted this year, after taking 3 LBs in 2018.
At 6-4 and 252 pounds, Green looks the part of an end and would be a huge linebacker compared to other Colts.
But he does have some athletic traits to play in space and actually was a LB at Mississippi State until his senior season.
Putting Green in the linebacker room would mean the Colts have gone 8 picks in 2019 without taking a true trench player on either side of the ball.
3. Athletic, High Character Continues
You want a checklist for Colts picks in 2019?
The vast majority played in the Senior Bowl, was a team captain and has high-end athletic traits.
Versatility on the defensive side of the ball has also been a common theme with Matt Eberflus receiving an incredible haul of talent over the last two days.
Green was a team captain at Mississippi State.
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