Marcus West, DE
Numbers: 6038/267 pounds/4.77 forty-time
2005 stats: 26 tackles, 17 assists, 5-20 tackles for loss, 3-16 sacks, 1 pass deflection, 1-0-0 fumble recovery
The player: I'm sure that when the Colts signed Marcus West, lots of fans went to their piles of draft magazines and scanned for his name. I'll also bet they didn't find it. Because of a somewhat disappointing senior season plagued with minor injuries, few considered West a significant pro prospect. While his numbers as a junior were not spectacular (6 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss), they were certainly good enough to make sure the Colts remembered him. When I've seen him play, West has shown an explosive first step, some excellent pass-rush and good pursuit speed. But he isn't very strong at the point, at times showed that he can be handled by even a mediocre blocker if he gets his hands on him, and seemed to give up on plays every once in a while. While he's alert and generally very good at tracking the ball, he sometimes plays into the offense's plan, when a creative second or third move could have made a difference. Although I have seen his weight given as high as 275, he played at about 255-260 in college and will find keeping his weight up in the NFL's longer, more rigorous season even harder.
How he fits: While it appears the Colts may be considering West as a DT prospect, he's really an edge rusher. The Colts love guys like West, but he'll enter camp behind anywhere from six to nine guys with thicker resumés and will have to fight just to get noticed. While his intelligence, technique and explosiveness stand him in good stead, his dearth of functional strength, lack of relentlessness or a mean streak and history of injuries make his picture a bit bleak. He should be considered part of the practice squad/NFL Europe brigade unless he catches the coaches' eyes repeatedly.
Reminds me of: Nathaniel Adibi, former Colt who is now in the CFL
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