Thursday, July 8, 2010
On the radar: John Chick
By Paul Kuharsky ESPN.com
A player, coach or issue that should be on your radar as training camp approaches.
Will the Colts' John Chick, right, be the next CFL import to succeed in the NFL?
All the talk about the Colts’ edge rush this offseason has revolved around how first-round pick Jerry Hughes can give the team a legitimate third guy to go with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Bill Polian said it’s one of the things the team’s had the toughest time finding.
But a little further down the depth chart, might Polian have found another quality end candidate?
A quiet signing way back on Jan. 8, John Chick was defensive MVP of the Canadian Football League in 2010. In three seasons with Saskatchewan RoughRiders he recorded 68 tackles, 19 sacks, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Could he be the next Cameron Wake, a CFL standout who had 5.5 sacks last season for the Dolphins?
That’s probably a stretch. He was an undrafted free agent for Houston in 2006 and didn’t make it to camp.
But Chick looks to fit the Colts’ mold and is the kind of guy they like to coach up and give a chance. Mel Kiper had him as his 45th-rated defensive end coming out of Utah State, where he was a four-year starter who also saw time at linebacker. If he comes along, he could compete with someone like Ervin Baldwin for the team’s fifth defensive end spot.
Chick’s a long shot for sure, but just the sort of guy to keep an eye on early in camp.