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We are now in the dull period for being an NFL fan as we enter the post-draft time period of the offseason. While most people are looking ahead to the 2019 NFL season Youth J'Marcus Webb Jersey , I decided to take a step back..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Filed under:NFL GeneralColts AnalysisScouting The NFLColts Offseason Scouting Report: Defensive End Al-Quadin MuhammadNew,3commentsEDTShareTweetShareShareColts Offseason Scouting Report: Defensive End Al-Quadin MuhammadGeoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsWe are now in the dull period for being an NFL fan as we enter the post-draft time period of the offseason. While most people are looking ahead to the 2019 NFL season, I decided to take a step back and really evaluate the talent on this Colts’ roster. Over the course of this offseason, I will be going back through the roster and putting together scouting reports and film rooms of some of the more unheralded players on this roster.The next player we are going to look at in this series is defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad. Muhammad was acquired off waivers from the New Orleans Saints last season and ended up playing over 500 snaps for the Colts in 2018. He put together a fairly solid season for a player on the backend of the roster who was forced into playing time due to injuries.In this piece, I will provide my scouting report of Muhammad while also looking at some film to add some context to my notes.BackgroundSize:6’3” 253 poundsMeasurables (Combine):40 Time: 4.88 / Bench Press: 22 Reps / Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches / Broad Jump: 117 inches / 3-Cone: 7.25 secondsCareer Stats (College):60 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, 7 sacks, and 1 forced fumble in 2 seasons at Miami.Career Stats (Pro): 29 total tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 1 sacks, and 1 pass deflection in two years played in the NFL.Scouting ReportMy scouting reports will be in the same style/format as the Anthony Arena Draft Guide that we put together this offseason. I will be looking at how these players grade out in each trait, their best positional fit, and a two-three year outlook on their career.Pass RushMuhammad shockingly had more pass rushing snaps than run defense snaps for the Colts last year (according to PFF) despite being billed as more of a run stopping defensive end. As a pass rusher, he does flash some potential. His technique is surprisingly good, as he has a wide array of moves that he uses to beat offensive lineman. He had excellent performances in the five games against Texans and Jaguars in 2018. Going forward, though, he needs to improve upon his consistency and put together better performances against top tackles. He really struggled when facing above average tackles last season.Despite only registering one sack last year, Muhammad flashed potential as a pass rusher. Here, he sets the tackle up outside before spinning back inside for the hit on Blake Bortles. He finished 5th on the team in terms of pressures and hurries in 2018 (PFF) Joe Haeg Jersey Stitched , so he did put together some good performances. If he can be more consistent, I do like his upside as a pass rusher for the Colts.Run DefenseThis is the area where Muhammad really played well last season. He earned playing time down the stretch over promising players such as Kemoko Turay due to his ability in this area. He sets a nice hard edge and pursues runners relentlessly. He is also an excellent tackler as he missed 0 tackles on the season despite playing over 500 snaps. He does need to improve his awareness and do a better job at staying home on motions and draws, but for the most part, he does his job very well in the run game. This play is a good example of what he brings in run defense. He moves down the line to his gap and sheds the blocks of both the guard and the tackle. After getting through the line, he gets his head up and pursues the running back. He brings down the back for a big loss on the play. If Muhammad has a route to making the roster going into 2019, it is certainly through his strong run defense. AthleticismMuhammad may not be an _elite_ athlete, but he is very solid in this area. He has decent bend around the corner that allows him to fight through blocks and get pressure. His long speed is actually pretty good for a player his size, and he is able to run down players that would typically beat bigger ends around the corner. His athleticism also allows him to excel on the stunts and twists that the Colts run fairly often in their 4-3 defense.On his lone sack of the season, he shows off his athletic ability. He comes around on the stunt play and accelerates through the line with great burst. He flies past the center, and the tackle is unable to turn around and make the block on the backside. He then tracks down Watson for the sack on the play. He is not nearly as athletic a player as Tyquan Lewis or Turay, but Muhammad does show good burst and speed on film. AwarenessThis is my biggest area of concern with Muhammad. He finds himself out of position too often on the backside, especially when there is motion or a reverse to his side. There were multiple plays where a cut back, reverse, or draw are to his side of the line left him way out of position. Those plays are very difficult for an end, but he does need to do a better job of forcing the action back inside where the help defense is waiting. Here is an example of one of those plays. Muhammad crashes inside hard on the initial action to the left. The Cowboys obviously did their homework as the Redskins did this exact same play earlier in the season to his side for a big gain as well. I’d certainly like to see Muhammad learn from some of these mistakes and play with a bit more discipline going into 2019 with the team.TechniqueAs I mentioned earlier, Muhammad's pass rush technique is actually very good for a player who didn’t record many sacks. He has many moves in his arsenal, from a spin move to a very good long arm move to even a hesitation move. He is very confident with these moves and does win with them pretty easily. His technique in run defense is also very good, as he sets a strong edge with a good base and hand placement. Overall, his technique is a strength in his game. Building consistency and eliminating the bad plays is the next step in his game Youth Joe Haeg Jersey , as I have mentioned before.This clip shows off some of his pass rush technique. He puts together a good combo on the left tackle as he hits a nice hesitation step on the edge before clubbing over the arms of the tackle to get the pressure. He has a fairly developed move set that certainly surprised me when watching his film. If he can do that for a full game rather than in flashes, the Colts may have a real solid player here.MotorMuhammad has a red hot motor that he uses on almost every play he is on the field. Whether it is a run to the other side of the field or a pass thrown away from him, he is almost always turning and running towards the ball. On plays to his side, he rarely gives an inch, and fights through contact in pursuit of the ball. Effort is all over his film and he flies around the football field.This is an example of how he fights to the ball when the play comes to his side. Muhammad takes on the tackle on the edge and does a good job of resetting the edge. He does his job on the play, and forces the running back to run backwards and to the outside. He doesn’t stop there, though, as he sheds the block and pursues the back until he is on the ground. This is an excellent rep for a defensive end and I love the pursuit to the ball at the end. Positional FitThe best fit for Muhammad is as a strong side defensive end in a 4-3 defensive scheme. His role with the Colts going into next year is likely going to be Jabaal Sheard’s main backup and rotational player. From that strong side spot, he can focus on playing the run as his main duty then rushing the passer against the right tackle if he is on the field for passing downs.Future OutlookMuhammad is a good, young player who put together a very solid season in 2018. He has a lot of upside and potential and should make the team as a depth rotational piece. If he can improve his consistency, conditioning, and awareness, he can absolutely be a starting defensive end in the NFL. Until that day though, he is likely just a depth player along a defensive front. The battle between him and 6th round rookie Gerri Green should be interesting to watch this offseason as they are both high upside players who could make an impact as a depth player. Heading into the season, it was widely accepted that the Indianapolis Colts were in a rebuilding year. Some projected a losing record. Numerous others suggested that a .500 season should be considered a big accomplishment. Neither of those groups could have imagined some of the things that have happened in 2018.Even fans who were confident in Andrew Luck’s return to football after nearly two years away from the game had to admit hesitation. What can you realistically expect from a player who underwent major shoulder surgery, suffered an apparent setback during his recovery, and didn’t officially start the football portion of his throwing program until training camp only a few months ago? If I had to guess, even the most optimistic fan wouldn’t have thought that 13 games into the season Luck would be among the top five quarterbacks in passing yards, have a quarterback rating just under Aaron Rodgers but above Tom Brady Devin Funchess Jersey Stitched , and sit second in the NFL in touchdown passes. Coming into the season, it was expected that a major transition from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 Tampa 2 style would take time. There is simply no way to acquire all of the players a team needs to effectively run the system in one year. While the Colts defense isn’t where fans or coaches want it to be just yet, there are tremendous first year strides that no one would have predicted. The Colts are currently sitting at 11th in total defense, 18th in point per game, 15th in pass defense, 9th!!! in run defense (the Achilles heel of the Tampa 2), 12th in sacks, and 8th in forced fumbles. Not only is this defense already an average or even above average unit, it has players who are flashing in a much brighter way than could have been imagined.Chris Ballard should be seriously considered for executive of the year. His draft picks and free agent additions on the offensive line have completely changed the face of the organization. Injuries to Jack Doyle and Ryan Kelly have brought the group down to a earth a bit but when veteran Matt Slauson went down, Mark Gowinski somehow upgraded the right guard position. When the floundering attempts at right tackle failed and Joe Haeg suffered an injury, rookie Braden Smith turned into what appears to be a long-term answer at the position. The future looks very bright for the Colts offensive line and just one year ago this unit had huge question marks. An even greater accomplishment has to be the work Ballard has done in just two years at linebacker. No position was a bigger weakness heading into the 2018 NFL Draft. The pledge to bring in a handful of new players at the position signaled a complete “rebuild” at the second level of an entirely new defense. Right now? Darius Leonard, who was an “over-drafted” small school prospect early in the second round, and Anthony Walker, a mid-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft who did very little as a rookie, look very much like the team’s future at the position. Leonard is a front runner for Defensive Rookie of the Year (and is currently underappreciated in discussions for Defensive Player of the Year outright). Leonard leads the NFL in tackles by 17 and he missed a game this season. Walker is 15th in the NFL with 97 tackles and has come on strong in recent weeks.Rookies Matthew Adams, Zaire Franklin, and Skai Moore are all still with the team. Adams has stepped into a prominent role as the starting strong side or SAM linebacker. He has shown speed, range, and strength that seventh round picks aren’t supposed to show. He played a big role in containing Dashaun Watson in the pocket. Even the defensive line has been a breath of fresh air. Free agent acquisition Denico Autry was only kind of exciting for Colts fans. He wasn’t a marquee name in free agency and Ballard didn’t throw away the team’s future trying to pay him. He currently leads the Colts in sacks with 8 on the season Youth Devin Funchess Jersey , has tallied 5 sacks in the last two weeks, and has been dominant at 3-tech defensive tackle. Margus Hunt has battled through injuries for the most productive season of his career. Jabaal Sheard has been a dominant edge defender, particularly against the run, and has 5.5 sacks of his own. Rookies Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis have flashed potential as pass rushers. Indianapolis has acquired what many believe is the top group of tight ends in the NFL. Starters Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron have Pro Bowl level talent. Mo Alie-Cox and Erik Swoope have been red zone threats who can easily get lost as defenses focus attention elsewhere. Perhaps the most impressive part of the story here is that the Colts have Ross Travis on injured reserve who many thought would push his way onto the roster this season.Ultimately, these surprises, these wins at numerous positions in a very short period of time have resulted in the Colts going on an impressive 6-1 run after a slow 1-5 start. Let’s take a look back at the keys to the game and how the Colts came out on top against the Houston Texans.KEEP DESHAUN WATSON UNCOMFORTABLECheck. The Colts defense generated 5 sacks and 7 quarterback hits. They contained Watson in the pocket and held him to 35 yards on 5 carries on the ground. They also knocked down four of his passes. BRACKET HOPKINSCheck. Hopkins caught 4 passes on 10 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown. No Texans player was targeted more than Hopkins on the day and he simply couldn’t get anything going. For big stretches of the game, he wasn’t a factor. MUST MAINTAIN BALANCEMeh. The Colts were able to stay more balanced than they were against the Jacksonville Jaguars a week ago but the running game was entirely ineffective. Andrew Luck led the way, averaging over 6 yards per carry — not counting his kneel downs at the end of the game. Marlon Mack averaged only 2.4 yards per carry and Nyheim Hines averaged .3 yards. BIG PLAYS/TURNOVERSThe officials nearly stole this one. Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers sniffed out a goal line pass that Geathers was able to pick off. A ridiculous personal foul on Hooker gave the Texans another chance that ended with a touchdown, instead of a goal line turnover.Either way, Indianapolis was unable to win the turnover battle and it kept the game closer than it otherwise would have been.OFFENSIVE LINE MUST GELCheck. While Andrew Luck was sacked twice, he held onto the ball too long on at least one of those plays. The other sack was J.J. Watt doing what he does. Ultimately, Luck was able to pick the Texans defense apart — using a heavy dose of T.Y. Hilton and often had a clean pocket to work from. Jadaveon Clowney was shutout and Braden Smith handled Watt one-on-one for much of the afternoon.There is still work to be done, particularly in the run game, but this was a better effort.

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