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Colts finally touch on D with Chapman

4/28/2012

Through three rounds and four picks, the Indianapolis Colts had gone all offense. Chuck Pagano said his defensive coordinator, Greg Manusky, was spending a lot of time on the elliptical machine burning off his energy while remaining empty-handed.

Manusky's exercise session ended with the first pick of the fifth round.

Pagano and Manusky need a lot as they build a 3-4 defense, and their first drafted help comes in the form of Alabama nose tackle Josh Chapman.

A shade over 6-feet tall, Chapman weighs in at about 316 pounds. I’d imagine Chapman will work in tandem with free-agent acquisition Brandon McKinney as the Colts nose tackle, which could mean Antonio Johnson is a swing guy playing some inside and some outside. GM Ryan Grigson recently spoke of Johnson as the team's second nose tackle.

Pro Football Weekly’s NFL Draft guide’s write-up of Chapman offers reason to be encouraged about the pick:

“Stout, gritty, two-down, block-occupying plugger with a lunchpail mentality, Can provide a team comfort knowing what it’s getting given his dependable play for a national champion.”