53-Man Battle: Al-Quadin Muhammad vs. Gerri Green

By Brady Spegal |
53-Man Battle: Al-Quadin Muhammad vs. Gerri Green

Little did I ever figure to be writing such a piece where the Indianapolis Colts are in a position to make a tough decision regarding two very talented defensive ends.

Those defensive ends being three-year veteran from The U Al-Quadin Muhammad and recently acquired sixth-round rookie Gerri Green. But Chris Ballard has completely overhauled this roster bringing us to this point. 

To give you a little background on these players, Muhammad was a 2017 sixth-round selection by the New Orleans Saints at 196th overall.  Muhammad had some off-the-field issues in college, including being suspended and dismissed from the program. He was waived September 1, 2018, by the Saints and was claimed the next day by the Colts.

In his career with the Colts, Muhammad has played in 15 games and has totaled 23 tackles. At 24 years old, I believe Muhammad still has a lot of untapped potential and upside. While I did mention the negative off-the-field incidents in Miami it seems Muhammad has done a complete 180. Since entering the league, not only has he stayed out of trouble but he also recently started up his own youth football camp! Check it out below.

Green was recently acquired by Colts general manager Chris Ballard in the 2019 NFL Draft with the 199th overall pick in the sixth round (just three picks after Muhammad's draft position in 2017). Green is seen by many as an intriguing prospect and ran pretty well for his size at the combine (4.63 in the 40-yard dash).

A major difference in Green's story is his path to the 2019 NFL Draft versus Muhammad's. Unlike Muhammad, Green was a captain for his football team and off the field was a member of the SEC Community Service Team. Another thing that is very different about the two is that Green has actually never played defensive end for a full season and was primarily a linebacker for Mississippi State. 

My final prediction would be that Muhammad beats out Green for the roster spot. I believe Muhammad still has a higher upside as a pro. Even being a three-year veteran, Muhammad is just one year older than Green.

Muhammad has pretty good pass rushing abilities and sets the edge well. I do not, however, think all is lost for the rookie. When Chris Ballard selected Green he knew he wasn't getting someone who was going to make a day one impact.

Green is a project, again, because of his lack of experience at the position. His game is still raw and he needs to develop his overall technique and work on getting off blocks, which seems to be his biggest issue. I think a solid year on the practice squad will do Green wonders.

I do see him being one of those players who maybe are on and off the roster a few times this year due to injuries, but I don't expect to see him being an impact player for the Colts this year. Look for Green to make his biggest impact this year in the weight room to bulk up for next season. 

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