INDIANAPOLIS —Offense. Defense. Offense. Defense.
The Indianapolis Colts kept that pattern going for their fourth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Friday night, selecting Rutgers edge rusher Kemoko Turay with their third of three picks in the second round, or 52nd-overall.
Turay — who stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs 253 pounds — brings some speed off the edge for the Colts' defense, as he ran a 4.65-second 40-yard dash in this year's NFL Scouting Combine.
According to Turay's NFL.com Draft Profile, after only playing two years of high school football — he played his freshman and senior seasons due to his school not offering a program the other two years — Turay had just two scholarship offers, and chose Rutgers over James Madison.
He redshirted his true freshman season, but exploded onto the scene as a redshirt freshman, earning Big Ten Network All-Freshman Team honors after leading his team and finishing tied for seventh in the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks.
Last year, as a redshirt senior, he recorded a career-best 65 tackles (seven for a loss) and added four sacks, while also forcing one fumble and logging two fumble recoveries.
Turay will get an opportunity to earn playing time for a Colts' defense that has many options at defensive end as the team switches to a 4-3 base front under new coordinator Matt Eberflus.
Check back with Colts.com for more on this developing news, but for now, here's his overview on his NFL.com Draft Profile:
Explosive edge defender with the coveted traits of an NFL pass rusher. Turay is still behind on feel and skill in that area and will need to develop a go-to move and a workable counter to beat NFL tackles. However, his ability to chase and tackle could translate right away. Turay splashed at Senior Bowl practices and certainly helped his cause to go on day two of the draft.