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    been about how tough the job will be for the Colts front office when the time comes to cut their roster down to 53. There are some really great roster…” Colts AnalysisLuck’s Injury Complicates Colts Roster CutsNew Rock Ya-Sin Jersey ,29commentsEDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Luck’s Injury Complicates Colts Roster CutsTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Justin Casterline/Getty ImagesThe talk throughout all of training camp has been about how tough the job will be for the Colts front office when the time comes to cut their roster down to 53. There are some really great roster battles going on at many positions, and the team is as competitive from top to bottom as they have been in many years.While they were already facing tough decisions about who to keep and who to cut, the reality of Andrew Luck’s leg injury may be further increasing that difficulty. If Luck were to enter the 2019 season fully healthy, there is no doubt that the team would carry just two quarterbacks on the roster. As it currently stands, they may need to carry 3.If that is the case, it will have ripple effects across the roster. They’ll likely try to cut a player they feel can make it to their practice squad, especially if they don’t anticipate Luck missing much time. So who might end up on the outside looking in? Here are some possibilities, ordered from what I believe is least likely to the most probable.CornerbackPhoto by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesThe Colts carried 6 cornerbacks on their roster last season, but that could be a potential area that ends up being pared down if they have to make an additional cut. Kenny Moore, Pierre Desir, Quincy Wilson, and Rock Ya-Sin are all locks to make the roster, but beyond that is uncertainty. Nate Hairston has had a good camp and would provide a strong case for himself, but unfortunately that leaves the team with little in the way of special teams contributors. Marvell Tell and Chris Milton provide that value in a more significant way than Hairston. Even keeping only 6 cornerbacks will require parting with a player they like. If they choose to keep just 5, it will really be a tough call as to who is out.Wide ReceiverPhoto by Brett Carlsen/Getty ImagesThe wide receiver room is perhaps the most talked about of the competitions, and an area that is still very uncertain. There has been speculation that, given the performances in camp from guys like Reece Fountain, Deon Cain, Zach Pascal, and Marcus Johnson, the team might be inclined to keep 6 wide receivers as opposed to the 5 they kept last year. That simply may not be possible if Luck is not able to play to start the season. If they keep another quarterback, they may face the prospect of keeping just 5 wide receivers. That group likely consists of T.Y. Hilton T.Y. Hilton Jersey , Devin Funchess, Parris Campbell, Chester Rogers, and one of the guys listed above. Fountain and Cain are well liked by the organization and have really come into their own in camp. Additionally, Pascal provides special teams ability that none of the other receivers do. It is hard enough to choose which two of these three players to keep, but only getting to keep one would sting a lot.Defensive LinePhoto by Timothy T. Ludwig/Getty ImagesAnother group that seems likely to lose a player if the Colts have to keep a quarterback is the defensive line. The group has a great deal of talent, and the team would probably like to keep 10 guys. Additionally, the Colts use a different type of player on their defensive line than most other teams in the league. That might give them some confidence that their depth defensive linemen aren’t going to get snapped up by another team, and could make it to the practice squad.While the starters are set, and Jabaal Sheard’s injury will have its own impact on how this group breaks down, it seems likely that if the team had to cut a spot on the defensive line, Jihad Ward might be that guy. Playing primarily on the interior but with the ability to play the outside, Ward is somewhat undersized by the standards of most teams. For that reason, he might be a guy the Colts think they can somewhat safely cut and still stand a chance of elevating him from the practice squad once Luck returns healthy.Tight EndPhoto by Justin Casterline/Getty ImagesThe tight end room for the Colts might be the best in the league. Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle are both excellent players, and Mo-Alie Cox has continued to get better and better throughout camp. His upside is off the charts as he develops from his background as a basketball player and works to refine his skills. Ross Travis has also had a solid camp and has proven himself a dangerous downfield weapon. Then, there is Hale Hentges, the rookie out of Alabama who has shown an ability to work as a receiving tight end far better than any thought he could. His background as an H-back and excellent blocker were well established, but that added dimension makes him someone the Colts almost certainly would like to keep. Unfortunately, if they have to limit themselves to 3 guys, they’re going to have to decide who to let walk. Given Frank Reich’s love of tight ends and tendency toward using them heavily, that one will not be an easy call. For my money, I think it might be Hentges Darius Leonard Color Rush Jersey , who loses a spot if they need that additional quarterback. He is still a relative unknown, and might be a player who can be stashed on the practice squad to develop.<hr class=”p-entry-hr” id=”ZjWO0w”>Ultimately, we hope Luck progresses quickly and his injury doesn’t exacerbate the already tough decisions facing this staff. If he can’t go, the Colts will face losing another good player.Where would you cut to make room for another quarterback? Could the lengthy Omenihu be the answer to the Colts’ pass rushing woes?” NFL GeneralColts AnalysisNFL DraftColts Prospects Film Room: Charles Omenihu, DT, TexasNew,12commentsCould the lengthy Omenihu be the answer to the Colts’ pass rushing woes?EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Colts Prospects Film Room: Charles Omenihu, DT, TexasTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Jonathan Bachman/Getty ImagesWith Free Agency wrapping up, the focus for the Indianapolis Colts turns to the draft where GM Chris Ballard looks to hit another homerun with the 2019 class. Last draft season, Ballard drafted Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard who both ended up earning First Team All-Pro honors as rookies. On top of that, he also drafted a handful of contributors in Braden Smith, Tyquan Lewis, Kemoko Turay, Nyheim Hines, and Matthew Adams.This new film room series will attempt to highlight certain prospects that may interest the Colts and go through their film to find their strengths and weaknesses. Today’s prospect is Texas defensive lineman Charles Omenihu. Omenihu is a player who has gradually risen throughout the process after a very good Senior Bowl and an impressive combine. The Colts had meetings with the pass rusher at both of those events.We will look through the film and see what Omenihu could potentially bring to the Colts if they end up drafting him. Clips in this piece will be from five games that I watched, three of which were on coach’s film. The full list of games watched were USC (2017 and 2018), Oklahoma State (2018), Georgia (2018), and Oklahoma (2018).<hr class=”p-entry-hr” id=”cXtvRu”>BackgroundSize:6’5” 280 pounds with 36 inch armsMeasurables: 40 Time: 4.92 / 10-yard split: 1.71 / Vertical Jump: 36.5 inches / Broad Jump: 115 inches / 3-Cone: 7.48 secondsCareer Stats:115 total tackles, 30 tackles for a loss, 16.5 sacks , 1 pass deflection, and 4 forced fumblesProjection: Round 2<hr class=”p-entry-hr” id=”OEiwCb”>StrengthsHand UsageKnowing how to use your hands properly is huge for pass rushers. The top pass rushers in football, regardless if they are a speed rusher or power rusher, need go-to moves and set-ups in order to beat athletic offensive tackles. Omenihu always has a plan of attack and knows how to attack tackles. He understands how to knock offensive lineman off balance and how to adjust when his initial move is stopped.The first clip here shows off his impressive under move. He starts by clubbing the tackle’s hands (something that he said he does quite often when I spoke with him last week) and then shooting up field. As the tackle attempts to readjust, he turns the corner while hooking his arm around the outside of the tackle’s waist to gain the outside. He is ultimately able to disengage from the block and the result is a sack and forced fumble on the play.In this next clip, Omenihu again shows off his length and hand usage. He starts by using his long arm to extend the tackle away from his frame and get up field. This keeps the tackle’s arms outside of his chest plate and sets up the under move again. He swipes under the tackle’s arms which allows him to disengage and move towards the quarterback. The result is a sack on the play.Last clip here again showcases his developed hands. In this clip, the tackle is Paul Adams, who is an NFL prospect himself.Omenihu swipes Adams’ hands away at the point of attack, and is able to separate immediately. Omenihu is really developed in this area and it is obvious the amount of film work he puts in before every game. He has his go-to moves, but he does a great job of switching it up every game depending on which players he is facing.<hr class=”p-entry-hr” id=”kmlP5L”>Burst/ Get-OffBurst and get-off are two of the most important areas to be dominant in for defensive ends. With great acceleration off of the line, Omenihu is able to burst through the line of scrimmage with ease and shoot up field. What makes it even more impressive is that he has the burst to go along with his 6’5” 280 pound frame.When lined up inside, his burst is evident. He shoots the gap between the guard and tackle and gets penetration before the tackle can even react. By the time the right tackle is able to even engage him, he is already two steps into the backfield and pursuing the quarterback. The result of the play is an incomplete pass and a pressure for Omenihu.Another clip where Omenihu is too quick off of the line for his blocker. He slants down to the gap between the guard and tackle and gets immediate penetration. Even for a player of his size, he is able to quickly race downhill and beat the running back and offensive lineman to the spot. Although he isn’t able to make this tackle, his ability to be disruptive early in the play is evident.The previously-mentioned combination of strength and burst are on perfect display here. The right tackle attempts to reach block Omenihu on the interior and is too slow for his acceleration. The right tackle is too late getting to the spot and Omenihu makes him pay by knocking him to the ground. The combination of burst, length, and strength— which we will highlight in a second— makes him a nightmare for offensive lineman.<hr class=”p-entry-hr” id=”JW70ge”>Strength/ LengthFor a player who is not the bendiest, using his length and strength is vital for success on the edge. He possesses a strong punch that he uses to knock tackles off balance. He is able to get inside on tackles with that punch due to his exceptional arm length. Possessing an insane 85.5 inch wingspan and 36 inch arms, he has the rare ability to reach tackles before they can make contact with him.This first clip shows off that stab move that he uses. Facing a left tackle who is a bit smaller, Omenihu knows that he has to use his strength to win this matchup. He initiates contact off of the line with a strong punch that knocks the tackle off balance. This initial punch gives him just enough space to shoot inside and get the pressure on the quarterback.This next clip shows off his length in run defense. Here he is matched up with right tackle Chuma Edoga, one of the star players of the Senior Bowl. Omenihu punches initially which stands up Edoga and allows him to gain the outside edge. Once he gains the outside, Omenihu is able to stack the right tackle and effortlessly shed him using those long arms to make the stop in the run game.Putting those two things together Clayton Geathers Jersey , length and strength, gets you an impressive play like this one. He makes contact with both of his arms on the tackle by extending them before the right tackle can react. After making contact, he uses his strength to drive the tackle off balance and discard him in the backfield. The result of the play is another sack for Omenihu.<hr class=”p-entry-hr” id=”8bOM5A”>NegativesThe two biggest negatives in his game are his inconsistent pad level and lack of bend on the outside. Omenihu’s high pad level allows for blockers to get inside on him and drive him to the ground. His lack of bend severely limits his potential as a defensive end, as he gets run out of the play far too often. The pad level issue is something that can be worked on at the next level but the bend issue will likely stay with him throughout his entire career.In this first clip, Omenihu fires off the line a bit too high and the guard is able to get a good punch on his chest plate. The result is him getting knocked over on the play and leaving a gap up the middle wide open. He needs to fire off low and get his hands up quicker to not have this problem in the pros.Again, he comes off the line too high and passive here. The tackle notices this and swats his hands away and takes him to the ground. These reps simply cannot happen in the NFL especially for a player projected to go as high as he is.The lack of bend issue is certainly real. His hands are great on this rush and he gets up field in a hurry. Once he gets around the tackle though, the quarterback is able to step up and get away from the rush. Now, he does do a great job of forcing the quarterback to step up, but if he could bend, these plays would be sacks. He can certainly survive in the NFL without being super bendy but it does limit his upside a bit.Again, the bend is an issue. His hands and get-off allow him to get an effective rush and make the quarterback step up in the pocket, but he’s unable to turn the corner and get the sack. As a result, Sam Darnold steps up in the pocket and finds a receiver in the back of the end zone. Omenihu’s lack of bend likely limits his upside a bit in the NFL but he can dominate in other areas to make up for his deficiency here.<hr class=”p-entry-hr” id=”FyGrcc”>ConclusionCharles Omenihu has been one of my favorite players for the Colts this draft process and they seem to like him a good bit as well. He profiles well for what Ballard likes as well (as I mentioned in my Build-A-Ballard piece for defensive ends). His length, get-off, and hand usage will cause nightmares for offensive lineman who attempt to block him in the NFL.He may not be a perfect prospect but he does fit an immediate need for the Colts. His size profiles well as a 4-3 run defender for the team who can also kick inside on passing downs to rush from the interior. A pass rushing group of Tyquan Lewis, Charles Omenihu, Denico Autry, and Kemoko Turay on third downs would be frightening for opposing teams, as each player is very difficult to block one-on-one. Overall, I think Omenihu would be an excellent addition for the Colts at either pick 26 or pick 34.

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