Colt Scout: Norman LeJeune

Indianapolis recently added journeyman safety Norman LeJeune to their roster for the 2007 roster. Learn more about him and how he fits with the Colts in Jerry Langton's latest Colt Scout feature.

Norman LeJeune

The numbers: 6001 (6'0) / 210 pounds / 4.67 forty-time
2006 stats: 1 tackle with Dolphins
2006 preseason stats: 1 tackle with Dolphins

The player: Drafted by the Eagles in the seventh round of the 2003 draft, LeJeune has been signed by five NFL and one NFL Europe team, but has failed to make much of an impact. The reason he keeps getting signed is that he's a big strong guy with excellent tackling and diagnostic skills and superior intelligence. The reason he keep getting cut is that his effectiveness is limited to a short area, not just because of his so-so straight line speed, but a lack of agility that is particularly evident when he gets in and out of his backpedal.

How he fits: Although LeJeune was a serious force against the run and a terrific blitzer in college, his limitations in coverage may prevent him from making a serious pitch at a safety spot. While the Colts are adept at transforming big-hitting safeties into linebackers, LeJeune — at 6'0, 210 — may be too small. More likely, he was signed as a special-teams only kind of guy like the Saints' Steve Gleason (who, incidentally, was originally signed by the Colts). Or maybe he was signed for his leadership, diagnostic and communication skills to help the young defensive backs in camp and perhaps later on as a coach. He has good potential in that area.

Reminds me of: Cardinals free safety Aaron Francisco who, despite his lack of speed and agility, has forced his way into a great deal of playing time.

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