NFL Analysts Reveal Colts’ Best 2024 Offseason Decisions

The Indianapolis Colts used their 15th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft on the UCLA defensive end Laiatu Latu. While Indianapolis also needed more help at cornerback and wide receiver, they couldn’t pass up a potential generational expert like Latu.

At Trevor Sikkema Pro Football Focus article that highlights the best Offseason decisions made for each AFC teamhe chooses drafting Latu as the best decision for the Colts.

Although the Colts finished 2023 as a top-five team in sack volume (51), they ranked 23rd in total pressures (279) and 23rd in pressure percentage (31.9%). Enter UCLA pass rusher Laiatu Latu, a top-five finisher in the FBS in sacks, total pressures and pass-rush winning percentage over the past two years. The Colts impressively recognized their need for pass-rushing talent despite the high number of sacks, and it should pay dividends in 2024.

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Latu was outstanding at UCLA, posting 13.0 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss and 62 quarterback pressures during the 2023 season (pr. Pro Football Focus). Now Latu will take his incredible potential to a Charlie Partridge-led Colts defensive front. Joining Latu are defensive targets Samson Ebukam, Dayo Odeyingboand Kwity Paye; and interior defenders like DeForest Buckner, Grover Stewartand Raekwon Davis.

Latu brings a highly skilled style to the edge rusher while possessing tremendous versatility and agility with his movements. Latu caused the pain in both pass rush and run defense, earning a rock-solid 82.1 grade on 210 defensive snaps. His stuffing ability also shows in the ridiculous number of tackles for losses he racked up in 2023.

Latu is one of the best defensive prospects Indianapolis has ever drafted, and he walks into a perfect situation to succeed. Latu also adds serious firepower to an already tough defensive front in Indianapolis. If Latu can find his stride early in the 2024 season, he might be able to put together a campaign worthy of NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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