2.3K Shares Share The 3-2-5 defense is back in the spotlight after the Indianapolis Colts drafted two defensive linemen in the first round in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Colts drafted Malik McDowell (5-11, 310 pounds) and Robert Nkemdiche (6-5, 340 pounds) in the second round.
Both are 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds.
The NFL Draft is only a few weeks away, but both players are still getting time in the league.
The biggest difference is that McDowell is a four-year starter at Clemson and NkeMDiche is a five-year veteran at Oregon State.
McDowell has the edge as a four-, five- or six-year vet.
But it’s not just his experience that makes McDowell a better fit for the 3-3-5.
He’s the most athletic player in this class and has a natural instinct for getting to the quarterback and disrupting plays.
NkeMiche has a lot of versatility and is athletic enough to play inside or out, but he’s not the fastest or strongest player.
He doesn’t have the same skill set of McDowell.
The difference between them is that Nkemiche has more athleticism than McDowell does, but it’s also his physical ability to play the run.
Nkodie, on the other hand, has a better motor and can also run the football.
Both players are fast and strong enough to dominate in pass coverage.
Nkelmich’s versatility makes him a more versatile player in the 3 and will be the most effective player on this defense.
I think he can be a good defensive end in this league, but we’ll have to see how he handles a bigger role as a 4-3 end.
The Indianapolis Colts will have two defensive tackles drafted in the next two weeks, so the defense should get a lot better in the coming weeks.
I expect Nkelmande to start the year on the PUP list and the Colts will probably have to take a look at Nkelimba.
Both Nkemba and Nkelmann are strong players who can rush the passer and disrupt plays.
They’ll both be in line for significant roles on this team in the early going.
But if they don’t get snaps, I expect them to get some snaps and show that they belong on the field.
The other reason for optimism is the return of a few key pass rushers in this group.
Myles Jack will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he’s a great pass rusher who can play either inside or outside.
I like Jack’s potential to be a pass rusher.
But he will need to prove he can do that in Indianapolis, and that will be hard to find.
The first three pass ruses I wrote about on Bleacher Analysis in the preseason were Jack’s and Nkoda’s.
The fourth was Nkedia’s.
If they both play well in Indy, I think Nkelidias role will grow and he will be a very valuable contributor.
I can’t see any player in Indy that can take a step forward from Nkeldias pass rush.
It’s a team effort that’s built on defense and speed.
The return of the three-man front will help this defense get to the next level.
I believe in the return on investment for these players.
It will take more time to see the results of the work they put in, but the return to the 3 man front will give Indy the tools to be successful in this defense in the future.