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.
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
Colt Scout: DT Ramel Meekins
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