Tip to Shake, Cover 3 looks at his sacks
What do you do if you’re an undersized but extremely productive linebacker in need of a system that will allow you to flash your undersold abilities? You start by hoping you’re drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, who have developed quite the cottage industry around guys with specific skills hidden by unattractive measurables. Four years ago, the Colts picked up the 6-foot, 235 pound Clint Session out of Pitt in the fourth round, and spotted 5-foot-11, 235-pound undrafted Gary Brackett in 2003. Last season, Session and Brackett were two cornerstones in what might have been the NFL’s fastest defense. Iowa’s Pat Angerer, another smaller (6-foot, 235 pounds) speed demon, was selected in the second round of the 2010 draft and has been backing up Brackett in camp. In 2009 with Iowa, Angerer racked up 135 tackles (47 solo), a sack, five pass deflections, and two forced fumbles. He was similarly productive in his first NFL game, preseason though it may have been: eight tackles (five solo), two sacks, two quarterback hits, and another tackle for loss. I wanted to look at the sacks, which came in a three-play sequence against the 49ers.