Indianapolis Colts Rookie Pass Rusher named team’s “most dangerous” new weapon
When the Indianapolis Colts and general manager Chris Ballard landed Michigan star rusher Kwity Paye in 21st overall, the franchise appeared to have answered a huge question ahead of the 2021 season.
Now, with Paye in the fold and looking strong in the off-season team activities, Bleacher Report has high expectations for the incredibly athletic pass passer in 2021, label Pay as the Colts’ “most dangerous” new weapon for the 2021 season.
Bleacher Report analyst Kristopher Knox attempted to place a new weapon on all 32 teams and quickly highlighted Pay for the Colts.
Here’s what the analyst had to say about Paye:
Edge-rusher Justin Houston was responsible for eight of the Indianapolis Colts’ 40 sacks in 2020. However, the Colts have yet to re-sign Houston. As of now, rookie first-round pick Kwity Paye is looking to replace him as Indy’s main passer. While Paye isn’t the proven NFL star that Houston is, he could be just as disruptive as DeForest Buckner’s edge complement.
“No edge defenseman in this draft class has the advantage of Kwity Paye, who could enter most NFL buildings right now and be the most athletic passer,” Justis Mosqueeda from the Department of Scouting B / R wrote. While Paye only appeared in four games last season, he produced 6.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for losses in 2019. At 6’2 “and 261 pounds, he’s a compact but explosive defenseman who will be a handful for offenses that are concerned with slowing Buckner down the middle.
There is no denying that Paye’s physical skills come out of Michigan. While the overall production isn’t quite there and associated with the development Paye must go through as a rookie to hone in as a passer, expectations remain high for the first round.
Ballard and the Colts are highly unlikely at this point to come to a deal with Houston, so the defensive post is already Paye’s. If he can hit the ground in 2021 with the Colts and produce like he did in four games at Michigan in 2020, the Colts’ defense could take another step forward a year after struggling to get a consistent pass from the edge.
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