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PFF names Samson Ebukam as Colts ‘most underrated player’ before 2024 season

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By: Luke Schultheis

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Colts starting defensive end Samson Ebukam had an impressive debut campaign in Indianapolis, and PFF believes he’s currently underrated among his peers.

According to PFF, Indianapolis Colts starting defensive end Samson Ebukam is the team’s ‘most underrated player’ ahead of the 2024 regular season:

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: EDGE SAMSON EBUKAM

Ebukam lived up to expectations in his first season with the Colts in 2023. His 84.4 PFF overall grade ranked 14th among edge defenders, and it was also Ebukam’s highest grade in his career. He has mainly excelled as a situational pass rusher up until now, but he could remain in a featured role as first-round rookie Laiatu Latu gets up to speed.

The 29-year-old’s 3-year, $24 million deal proved to be a bargain for Indianapolis, as Ebukam recorded 57 tackles (39 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 30 QB hurries, 8 QB hits, 48 QB pressures, 3 forced fumbles, and a pass defensed in all 17 starts during his debut Colts campaign.

Per PFF, Ebukam was their 14th best graded edge last season with a +84.4 overall grade—including a +80.0 run defense grade.

His ESPN pass rush win rate of 19% was the 16th best among all edges this past season, while his run stop win rate of 35% was third best at his position respectively.

Ebukam projects to be a starter again for the Colts defense, and the 7-year veteran should once again make a significant impact along the defensive line next season.

With the Colts drafting first round edge Laiatu Latu with the 15th overall pick, it will be interesting to see how long-term Indy’s defensive edge rotation of Ebukam, Kwity Paye, Dayo Odeyinbgo, and Latu plays itself out—especially contractually.

However, Ebukam figures to be a defensive line fixture for at least the next two seasons, maybe more.

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