Where Does Keiaho Fit?

The Jaguars continued their busy offseason yesterday as they released John Henderson, Montavious Stanley, Brian Iwuh and Tank Daniels, and inked former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Freddy Keiaho. What does Keiaho bring to the Jaguars? Find out below as we have the full scouting report.

Freddy Keiaho is the definition of an undersized, try hard athlete as he stands just 5'11", 226 lbs. In four years with the Colts, Keiaho has started 27 of 55 games at all three linebacker positions. Keiaho's best season came in 2008 where he started 14 games and registered 105 tackles.

To go a little deeper than the stat profile, we asked Colt Power.com publisher Eric Hartz, who has covered every game of Keiaho's career, to furnish us with a scouting report.

Keiaho is an undersized linebacker at 5-feet-11, 226, but is surprisingly versatile despite his diminutive stature — at least, he was in the Colts' system. He broke into the starting lineup in 2007 at the weak-side position after Cato June departed, but was also effective playing the strong side of the Colts' 4-3 and even middle linebacker in 2008, when Gary Brackett went down with a broken leg late in that season. He posted over 100 total tackles in each of his two seasons (2007 and 2008) as a starter in Indianapolis. He wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent after the 2008 season, but ultimately returned in a backup role last season and ended up making two starts at middle linebacker once again.

He ultimately lost his job to Clint Session, who packs more of a punch in run support from the Colts' weak-side position. But Keiaho runs well and will certainly be an asset on special teams in Jacksonville. Like all of the Colts' linebackers in recent years, he's a solid pass defender as well and seems to be around the ball a lot. He's a bit of an in-between player — not quite big enough to be a solid NFL starter, but his motor and speed make him a bit of a "backup-plus." He can certainly succeed as a spot starter or cover/nickel linebacker. And, he brings one other valuable asset to Jacksonville — an intimate knowledge of Peyton Manning and the Colts' offense after seeing it in practice every day for four years.

It's doubtful that Keiaho can replace Justin Durant on the weak-side, but it is possible that the former Indianapolis Colt will be able to see the field when the Jaguars line up in their 3-4 alignments. If nothing else, Keiaho should be a solid special teams contributor.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com, a member of the Pro Football Writers of America, and also the co-host of CB Sports Radio on ESPN 1420 in St. Augustine, FL. You can contact him at charlie@jagnation.com or follow him on twitter @nflcharlie


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