Colt Scout: Colts Take a Look at DE

Jerry Langton tells you all about the defensive end that the Colts recently worked out in Indianapolis and how he might fit into the team's future plans.

Jeff Charleston
DE Idaho State

6'3 (6037)  / 267 pounds / 4.83 forty speed (NFL Pro Day)

2006 preseason stats: 6 tackles, 3 assists, 0.5-3-0 sacks with Houston

2005 stats: 27 tackles, 29 assists, 19-101 tackles for loss, 12-65 sacks, 5 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles, 1-0-0 fumble recovery with Idaho State

The player: Sometimes players are very much like you'd think they are from a cursory glance at their numbers and Charleston is one of them. A tall, thin end with a nice first step and impressive strength, Charleston tore up Division I-A offenses, regularly camping out in opponent's backfields and destroying game plans. But when it came to draft time, he was something of an afterthought, not only because Idaho State is hardly Ohio State when it comes to football, but also because  since Charleston transferred to the Bengals from Western Oregon, there was hardly any film of him. When he ran a disappointing forty (he looks much faster on the field) at his Pro Day, he sank farther down the list. He did sign on with the Texans. I watched him in preseason and, although he looked raw, he showed a great deal of potential as a pass rusher.

How he fits: The Colts are continually auditioning pass-rush prospects and Charleston will get a chance to show his stuff. Unless major injuries strike, Charleston is unlikely to be signed to the active roster this year, but is more likely to be signed after the season for 2007 and, perhaps, assigned to a European vacation.

Reminds me of: Trevor Johnson, a former Nebraska defensive end who's bounced around the league a bit.

Photo: AP/Garry Jones

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