Jerry Hughes Becomes A Colt

Jimmy ZhuCorrespondent IApril 22, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Defensive lineman Jerry Hughes of Texas Christian runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Finally, the Colts acknowledge the problem.

Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis can't do it all on their own. With the release of Raheem Brock, the need for a versatile defensive lineman who could both rush the quarterback and stop the run became an utmost priority.

In comes Jerry Hughes.

Jerry Hughes has had an illustrious career at TCU. Hughes led the nation in sacks in 2008 (15) and was seventh in 2009 (11.5). He was twice a first-team All American selection (2008 and 2009), a finalist for the Lombardi award (2009), twice a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (2008 and 2009) and won the Ted Hendricks award and the Lott Trophy (both in 2009).

If that list was any indication, Hughes is getting better and better. He has an outstanding array of pass rush moves and is a stalwart run defender.

I am willing to bet that Hughes will have a massive impact on the Colts' defense this season and I believe he will contend for Rookie of the Year honors. He may start out as simply a spell defensive end, but his versatility in run defense and the pass rush will eventually make him a starter.