Originally written on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 11/18/14

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30: Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh #93 of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers looks on with teammates Jared Crick #94 and Barry Turner #99 against the University of Arizona Wildcats during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, on December 30, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo By Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

A 3-4 Defensive End out of Nebraska, Jared Crick is a potential dancing partner for the Indianapolis Colts in the upcoming draft. With the assumed transition to a 3-4 defense and the shopping around of Dwight Freeney the Colts are also badly in the need of a defensive end that can hold the edge. Jared Crick is a potential guy for the Colts to take a look at early in the draft. Crick put up 29.5 tackles for a loss and 20 sacks over three years as a starter for the Cornhuskers. These are pretty impressive numbers when you consider his biggest red flag, injuries.

Laura will cover Crick’s injury history in more detail, but a quick overview makes him player number 2 with injury history that the Colts have a high chance of drafting in rounds 2-3. Crick strained his MCL in 2011 spring practices and then proceeded to tear a pectoral muscle to end his 2011 season very early. As a sophomore and junior he recorded 9.5 sacks a piece but was only capable of one before the injury brought his year to an end.

The injury for most of the season really hampered his draft prospects. Coming into the 2011 season he was expected to be a lock for a top 20 pick. Unfortunately even before Crick was injured in game 5 of the season he was underperforming. Only one sack in five games hamstrung his draft stock and he’ll likely drop into the 2nd round at best and potentially into the 3rd round.

As an actual player Crick possesses decent quickness for a defensive end. He currently holds the Nebraska record for a 10 yard time at D-Line. His combine 20 yard shuttle time was a fairly impressive 4.40. His quickness and ability to quickly change directions allows him to be a plus run defender. Crick is also a very sure tackler which reinforces his ability to defend against the run. However, there is a true negative in his run defense, his pad level. At the NFL level he is too straight up and has the potential to get pushed down the line by stronger blockers.

In pursuit and the pass rush is where he puts his greatest asset to use. Crick is an incredibly high motor player. This is something that Colts fans should appreciate with our history with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Both players make a habit of completing plays down the field. Jared Crick is the same way. He doesn’t quit until the whistles blow. Couple that with good basic technique and he has the potential to grow well in the role of an NFL DE. He possesses some of the intangibles that you can’t teach and lacks some of the skills that you can.

Overall, I’m not certain that Crick is worth spending such an early second round pick on. He’s shown flashes in the past of what he is capable of as a DE, but due to recent injuries his stock has dropped and the certainty is no longer there. He lacks the weight and strength of a traditional 3-4 and if he added some of that to his frame he’d be a little more capable. Crick has gone from a sure thing to a project in the span of about a year, but if he were there in the third round he’s a gamble worth taking. You don’t accidentally become really good as a sophomore/junior and then forget how to play football as a senior. The ability is in there somewhere, he just needs a team to be willing to take a risk on him.

Health Check, by Laura Calaway:

Crick’s injury history includes a knee injury and a torn pectoral muscle, both during the 2011 season. Crick missed a good amount of spring practice after spraining his knee, and he missed all but a few games of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle.  Despite such a difficult injury, Crick was reported to have begun bench presses as soon as 4 weeks post-surgery, and while he only participated in running events at the NFL Combine, he bench pressed 26 reps at Nebraska’s Pro Day on March 9.  I would say busting 225 pounds 26 times would qualify as proving he's returned a long way from his injury.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Report: Titans, Jay Cutler have mutual interest in trade

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

Report: Browns interested in drafting Marcus Mariota

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: Johnny Manziel leaves with injury after taking big hit

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Nick Mangold wears NYDP hat to honor fallen officers

Five things we learned from the first day of bowl games

WATCH: South Alabama coach bloodied after kick to the face

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.