ColtPower.com has learned that Indianapolis sent a scout to a private workout for Maryland defensive lineman Jeremy Navarre on Monday, April 6. It was a workout that was open to all NFL teams, but the fact that the Colts sent a representative definitely shows their interest in Navarre.
In his four years with the Terrapins, Navarre appeared in all 50 games with 183 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and four quarterback hurries.
He played both end and tackle for Maryland in his time there, but, given his size at 6-feet-3 and 285 pounds, he would most likely play defensive tackle for Indianapolis. There are also teams that would look at him as an end in the 3-4 scheme, which is what most of the projections and rankings are based off of.
He's currently the 21st-ranked defensive end and the 245th-rated player overall according to Scout.com's draft rankings, which would put him towards the end of the seventh round and on the fringe of going undrafted.
However, players with his level of production and experience at the Division I BCS level do not often go undrafted, or generally even get drafted that late.
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The two primary reasons that Navarre is rated as low as he is are that he is a man without a position and he has yet to run a 40-yard dash for all NFL scouts. He was not invited to the Combine in February — which also did not help his draft stock — and he did not participate in the 40 at Maryland's Pro Day on March 11.
What he did do, however, was put up 36 reps on the 225-pound bench press, which would have ranked first among defensive ends at the Combine had he been invited.
With a projected 40 time of 4.9-4.95 seconds and 36 bench press reps, coupled with the fact that no scout had seen him run for a stopwatch has been a serious roadblock, which is no doubt why the private workout was accommodated.
Realistically, though, anything that the scouts and general managers see in that workout are only going to affect his ranking in their estimation, not the rankings of other teams in the league.
ColtPower.com didn't obtain a full list of teams in attendance, but, since there are a number of private workouts and visits happening around the league at this point, it's safe to say that, unless Navarre ran his 40 in 4.5 seconds, he has not catapulted himself into, say, the fourth round.
With his quick hands, ability to penetrate the line of scrimmage, and the pass rushing ability and moves he gained while playing end, he would definitely be a good fit as a defensive tackle in the Colts defense.
The question is whether or not he truly doesn't have a position and whether or not he is actually as fast as everyone believes he is. John Teerlinck certainly would have a lot to work with if Indianapolis selected Navarre and the team would see it as an excellent value pick if they took him in the sixth round, even if they had already selected a tackle in the earlier rounds.
In this draft, the Colts front office will most likely deploy a similar strategy along the offensive line to the one that they had last year, but with defensive linemen, especially on the interior.
Given the sheer number of tackles they have met with and the fact that the prospects range from blue chippers to undrafted free agents, look for them to take at least two defensive tackles in this year's draft. If Navarre is there in the sixth or seventh and Indianapolis hasn't already taken two at that point, they would be wise to pick him up and start to work on molding him to their specifications.
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