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Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 11, 2013 – 2:25 pm

After a quiet week on the transaction front, the Colts broke that silence on Thursday afternoon when they signed former Army linebacker Josh McNary.

McNary’s playing career at Army ended in 2010 and he left West Point as one of the most decorated Cadets on and off the gridiron.

How does this acquisition impact the Colts?

First, let’s talk about McNary the player.

What McNary might lack in prototypical NFL-type size he makes up for with his pass rushing ability.

The 6-0, 250-pound linebacker thrived as an elite pass rusher during his time at Army. He set school records in tackles for loss (48.5) and sacks (27.5).

McNary moved to defensive end during his sophomore season but at just 250 pounds, one would think that a standup, probably outside linebacker, position would be a better fit at the next level.

With Dwight Freeney no longer in a Colts uniform, the need is there for a pass rusher opposite Pro Bowl outside linebacker Robert Mathis.

Head Coach Chuck Pagano has preached the need for competition throughout the entire roster. When McNary arrives to Indianapolis (upon finishing his active duty) you can expect to add his name to the group of Justin Hickman, Jerry Hughes, Lawrence Sidbury and Erik Walden as edge rushers.

Off the field, McNary embodied what Army is looking for in its student athletes.

The former walk-on was recipient of the 2011 Pat Tillman Award, which is given to a player at the East-West Shrine Game who ‘best demonstrates service, character and sportsmanship.’

After McNary’s playing career came to an end in 2011, he served, and is continuing to serve, in the United States Military.

All in all, the Colts are getting a high character individual, who was one of college football’s most disruptive pass rushers from 2008-2010.

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  1. By Jim Reed on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Very exciting article. Love what the Colts are doing in the off season, seems the defense will be very disruptive. Wish NFL started this weekend

  2. By Stephen Schwambach on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Awesome. I love this choice! The Cowboys took a similar chance on Roger Staubach. That worked out fairly well! 😉

  3. By Christopher on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    This should be a great signing filling holes in the Defensive Line. Now maybe they should use the 24th overall draft pick on a offensive guard like Jonathan Copper or if he drops that far back in the draft

  4. By John Karinch on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    The Colts need to take a running back with the first pick.
    Eddie Lacy or maybe Monte Ball.

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