2020 NFL Mock Draft: What if Redskins replace Dwayne Haskins with Tua Tagovailoa?

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A.J. Epenesa

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A.J. Epenesa

Edge, Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts are the perfect example of how quickly a season can change since the team appeared to be a lock for a playoff start in 2019 following a 5-2 start, only to finish the entire year with just seven wins.

From numerous injuries to questioning whether Jacoby Brissett is the best long-term answer at quarterback, there were plenty of factors behind the Colts struggling for the final two months of the 2019 season.

And while the pressure is certainly going to be on Brissett to show Indianapolis he can in fact be the long-term answer, the defense could use some improvement as well.

Luckily for the Colts, this year’s draft class is loaded with plenty of great pass-rushers who seem worthy of a first-round selection, one of which happens to be Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa.

Lack of burst will be one of the weaknesses surrounding Epenesa that will make some teams want to avoid taking the defender this early in the first round, but also there is plenty of time to still develop once he arrives to the NFL.

If anything, all Indianapolis needs to do is look at the 22 sacks from Epenesa’s final two years with the Hawkeyes to see what kind of potential he has at the NFL level.

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