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Syracuse Football: Ron Thompson Finds "Best Fit" in Indianapolis

The former Orange outside linebacker feels he can add a lot to the Colts' struggling pass-rush.

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Ron Thompson felt he was good enough to have his name called at the NFL Draft. The former Syracuse outside linebacker was one of the strong suits of the Syracuse Orange defense, and was right in the mix during the draft to be picked by a team. In an interview with Fox 59's Mike Chappell in Indianapolis, Thompson said he was disappointed following the draft, but felt he was put in a great situation because he could choose a team that he felt was the best fit for his ability:

"You can go where you want to go," he said. "After six rounds, I was really hoping not to get picked up so I could weigh my options and go to the best fit... Here I am."

Thompson feels that he is best suited for the Colts due to his ability to rush the passer, something Indy has struggled with:

  • Robert Mathis is the franchise's career sack leader with 118. But he's 35 and entering his 14th season. Trent Cole has 88.5 career sacks, but matches a career-low with just 3 last season, his first with the Colts. He's 33 and agreed to a $2.125 million pay cut in March.
  • Also, 2013 first-round draft pick Bjoern Werner was waived in March and Jonathan Newsome, who led the team in sacks as a rookie in '14, was released in February.
  • And let's not forget the Colts didn't address their pass-rush concerns in the draft until using the first of their two seven-rounders - No. 239 overall - on Maine linebacker Trevor Bates.

Thompson feels this would be his best chance to make a roster, an opinion assisted a ton by the information above.

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It honestly does sound like Thompson has found his best opportunity to make it in the NFL. His strengths are a Colts' weakness, and could prove to be lucrative for him if he is able to perform. This seems like a great opportunity for him, and hopefully will pan out.