Every year the Colts seem to find a diamond in the rough from the UDFA scrap heap. For the past couple of years I have spent some time and tried to
guess choose who might make the squad and contribute. Last year I chose Colin Farrell and Chad Simpson. Simpson ended up making a contribution near the end of the season, but Colin Farrell was a disappointment. The year before I chose Melvin Bullitt and some body else that I can’t remember, Bullitt made the squad, participated on special teams, got a start on defense near the end of the season and even got a pick in that game. Of course we all know how Melvin’s second year turned out, I'm still feeling pretty good about that one.
Looking at the UDFA's can give you a feel for which direction the team is heading, for instance OG. The colts drafted a huge guard named Jamie Thomas, in the 7th round, thirty pounds heavier then the guards/centers they drafted last year. One player is not a trend, but, look at the two UDFA's picked up to compete for an O-line position and you realize both are much bigger then last years drafted guards/centers. Conclusion they want a big guard on the interior of the O-line and want to get better at running the ball.
Another trend I noticed was at CB, this year, 3rd round draft pick, Jerraud Powers, is smaller and faster then Coe and Hughes, two CB's drafted the previous year. Once again one player is not a trend, but, look at the UDFA’s and both of those guys are smaller and faster. Conclusion, they’re looking for another corner that can cover one on one, to allow the LB's and safeties to blitz more.
As much info as I could find about this years UDFA's after the jump.
Brandon Anderson DB 5’10” 179 Akron, has decent speed 4.42 forty, 10’3” broad jump. He has played both Safety and corner. Ok production, but, nothing special 42 tackles as a senior. Not athletic enough to beat out any of the current safeties on the rosters. If he makes the team it will be at corner back, the depth there isn’t as strong as safety; even then he is a long shot to make the team or the practice squad.
Colin Cloherty TE 6’2” 245lbs Brown, Decent speed 4.63ish forty time and athleticism, 4.20 20yrd shuttle, good for a guy his size. Earned second team all Ivy League honors (hey it’s better then all neighborhood.) Had decent production, 99 receptions for 1211 yards and 9 TDs. The coaches like smart players, because of that and his athleticism he has an out side shot at making the practice squad.
Chis Crane QB 6’4” 236lbs Boston College, he has more picks then TDs. Good size for a QB, but, lets face it would take divine intervention for this guy to make the practice squad.
Adrian Grady DT 6’1” 298lbs Louisville, Good box numbers, 31 reps on the bench, 4.18 forty time and 33” vertical jump. Has good strength, good quickness and is able to stay really low and play with good leverage. Has a good bull rush and is able to collapse the pocket.
Has had trouble with injuries, that’s why he will be 25 at the start of camp. Will probably be a UT, he dose not stand up well at the point of attack, but, he does have good quickness. He has some up side; the coaches could really see a lot of improvement in this guy, during camp, as long as he can avoid injuries. Has a legitimate shot at making the practice squad, and an outside shot at making the roster, he just needs to stay healthy.
Vid links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1moP0_Swmno
Brandon Harrison SS 5’9” 197lbs Michigan, couldn’t find much in the way of box numbers, he has a reported 4.5ish forty time. He seems to be more of a run support guy, opposed to a cover guy. There is just too much depth at safety for this guy to make team or the practice squad.
Ramon Humber OLB 5’11” 232lbs North Dakota State, All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team as a senior, has great box numbers, 4.56 forty time. He had 93 tackles as a senior, from the SAM position. Has good speed and quickness and is able to cover a lot of ground. Although he played the SAM in college he appears to be a natural fit at the WILL.
He is a good athlete, very productive, and has a good shot at making the practice squad, not going to make the team unless there are a slew of injuries at OLB.
Vid links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWCiDdBgIQ0
Pat Kuntz DT 6’2” 285lbs Notre Dame, he was pretty productive with 93 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. He also has pretty good box numbers with 31 reps on the bench, 5.05 forty, 32” vert and 4.37 20yrd shuttle. He led the nation in passes batted down.
He is a decent athlete with decent production, has a shot to making the roster or the practice squad.
Vid links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to2nV6ISW5c
Jacob Lacey DB 5’11” 177lbs Oklahoma State, has decent strait line speed 4.41 forty time and a 41” vert, witch is awesome. Jacob has good cover skills with 7 career picks and 36 passes defended. He also seemed to be solid against the run with three FF and 186 career tackles.
Jacob has good athleticism, good ball skills, and good production; he has a good shot of making the roster or practice squad.
Vid links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33NfdO2oFls
Cornelius Lewis OG 6’3” 332lbs Tennessee State, he is ginormas, he played both tackle positions at Tennessee State, but, projects to OG for the Colts. Has good box numbers, with a 5.22 forty and 29 reps on the bench. He had 6 knock downs three times in 5 games. Started his college career with Florida got dismissed from the team for fighting and rules violations.
Has great size and bulk, good athleticism with quick feet. Has a nasty streak and offers some versatility. This guy probably gets drafted early on the second day if he wasn’t such a screw up. If Cornelius can stay out of his own way, and act like a professional, he will make the roster or the practice squad. He has all the tools he just needs to grow up.
John Matthews WR 6’0” 200lbs San Diego, extremely productive, 195 rec. for 3615yrd and 50 TDs for his career with USD, but, may not be athletic enough to make it to the next level. He has average speed 4.54 forty time and average vertical jump of 32.”
He has an up hill battle because of the depth at WR, but could make the practice squad.
Brett McDermott WR 6’0” 201lbs Holy Cross, fairly productive at Holy Cross with 15 TDs and 1736 yards, but, again may not be athletic enough to make it to the next level. Couldn’t find out much info except the 4.58 forty time, not good for a WR of his size. He probably won’t make it out of training camp.
Tom Pestock OG 6’6” 317lbs Northwest Missouri State, his forty time, 5.02 looks like he may be a good fit for the Colts zone blocking scheme. Has the frame to carry more weight would be a long term project and start off on the practice squad.
Tyrell Sales LB 6’2” 230lbs Penn State, played in a system at Penn State that is similar to what the Colts run. He has decent box numbers, 4.58 forty time 4.3 twenty yard shuttle and a 33” vert. He also had ok production, as a two year starter, with 154 tackles, 10 tackles for losses, three sacks and three forced fumbles. Played the SAM at Penn State and is strong enough to handle the TE in the pros, but, he also has enough speed and athleticism to play the WILL also. He may earn a spot on the practice squad.