Colt Scout: DT Ramel Meekins

Find out why ColtPower's Jerry Langton is taking a look at Rutger's defensive tackle Ramel Meekins in today's edition of Colt Scout!

Based on a report from our network's draft expert, Tony Pauline at TFY Draft Preview, a Colts scout was taking a look at two Rutgers players during last week's Rutgers versus Louisville matchup. One who would fit the Colts' system well was defensive tackle Ramel Meekins. ColtPower will feature the other player in a Colt Scout feature on Thursday.

Ramel Meekins
DT, Rutgers

Numbers: 5'10 (5107) /278 pounds / 4.92 forty-speed

2006 stats: 17 tackles, 22 assists, 9.5-44 tackles for loss, 6-33 sacks, 3 forced fumbles

2005 stats: 34 tackles, 29 assists, 15-105 tackles for loss, 9-92 sacks, 3-0-0 fumble recoveries

The player: Remember when the Colts drafted Jason David in the fourth round of the 2004 draft and everyone said he'd have been a first-rounder if he'd only been four inches taller and 30 pound heavier? Meekins should take David's NFL success to heart. Despite the fact that he performs like a first-rounder -- although injuries and playing at Rutgers would be held against him even if he was huge -- Meekins would definitely get first-day consideration if he were bigger than a junior high school guard. But there's no arguing with Meekins' production. He's a one-gap-only defensive tackle who explodes off the snap and makes a beeline for the ball carrier. He understands blocking schemes, uses his arms like machetes and plays 100 percent until he hears the whistle. Although draftniks will compare him to John Randle (they always do that with short, active defensive tackles), it's more accurate to think of him as a tiny version of Steve Emtman in his college days. This kid's motor is constantly running at top speed. He plays like a wrestler inside, does all of the dirty work when things gets tough and never forgets he was a walk-on. Other than size and the occasional nick, there's not too much to dislike about this kid -- but his size presents a real obstacle.

How he fits: The Colts would definitely give a player like Meekins a shot. They love one-gappers who can penetrate and they would be able to get the best out of Meekins by using him when the situation demands.

Reminds me of: Jonathan Babineaux, the former second-round pick of the Falcons who doesn't start but plays well when spotted.

Ramel Meekins (#60)
Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

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