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Colts Have Pass Rush Need In 2016

Intro: Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson made it clear on Thursday that the need to improve the pass rush is on the 2016 offseason priority list. How deep is the 2016 NFL Draft class?


INDIANAPOLIS – Friday, Robert Mathis turned 35 years old.

In 2015, Mathis was (once again) the Colts' most disruptive pass rusher.

There's going to be a day though when the Colts don't have the luxury of No. 98, their all-time leading sacker, flying off the edge.

The Colts had six players record multiple sacks in 2015.

Only one (T.Y. McGill) was under the age of 29.

Hence the need.

"The old adage, if you have 12 pass rushers, go get 13," Ryan Grigson said at this week's Combine.

"Everybody knows how important the pass rush is. We've got to be able to build that."

That building is best served through the draft.

Of course, as the NFL continues to value pass rushers like hardly any other position (thanks to a pass happy league), the asking price is steep.

How does the 2016 class of edge rushers look?

"The draft this year, there are some (pass rushers)," Grigson says.

"It's not personally in my opinion as thick as you'd like. But those guys are at a premium. They go really high in the draft."

Unlike past years, an abundance of true pass rushers isn't expected to go in Round One.

That doesn't meant the Colts will be ignoring that group come late April.

If the Colts needed any reassurance of how vital it was to find some young talent off the edge, they can just pop in the film of Super Bowl 50.

"As far as getting after the quarterback, both those teams were able to do it with four guys," Pagano said of the Broncos and Panthers.

"We got to find a way to develop young guys and try to find a way to get some guys like that on that side of the ball."

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