The Indianapolis Colts need to upgrade their run defense if they are going to grow as a football team. A big part of the new improved run defense was supposed to be veteran defensive end Fili Moala. But an injury to Moala forced the Colts to go in another direction, and they signed defensive end Gannon Conway out of Arizona State.
Conway is 6-foot-4, weighs in at 280 pounds and he is a perfect fit to play defensive end in the Colts’ 3-4 defensive scheme. While at Arizona State he managed to get 38 tackles and 24 solo tackles. He appears to be a hard worker considering he started his college career as a walk-on and eventually earned a scholarship.
Conway doesn’t offer much upside when it comes to rushing the passer, but he should make his money in stopping the run. He uses his hands very well and has a good motor. He wont beat the offensive tackle or guard with good physical skill, but he will beat them with good technique. That is something that Colts can build on for this year.
As far as making the final roster, Conway is going to have an easier road than most undrafted free agents this year. A backup defensive end position has now opened up thanks to the injury to Moala, and thanks to his good technique the Colts can trust him to step in and play when called upon. Conway is not a game changer in any sense, but he can provide the Colts with a rotational defensive end who gets the job done when asked. He is a perfect fit for the Colts thanks to the skill set he provides. Conway is a blue collar worker on the defense, and if he does his job properly you will see other players make plays around him. Conway should be a player to look out for when training camp and the preseason arrive in August.