With the No. 188 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts took defensive back Chris Rucker from Michigan State.
Dan Kadar of Mocking The Draft had this to say about Rucker:
When the 2010 season began, some thought Rucker might develop into a player picked in the first two rounds. While that never happened, Rucker still has enough size and raw talent to develop into a starter at the next level. Of course, there are some questions about Rucker's character. He was suspended a game in 2010 and for the Alamo Bowl as a junior. He may be a boom or bust player.
Interesting that a team like Indy, who prides itself in not drafting 'bums,' would use their final pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Rucker spent eight days in jail and was kicked off the Spartans back in October after a drunk driving arrest. He was eventually reinstated to the team. He missed two games during his suspension. Prior to this incident, in November of 2009, Rucker pleaded guilty to assault and battery chargers after a dorm altercation. He got twelve months probation.
At 6'0, 195 pounds, Rucker ran a 4.46 40. He started 34 games at corner for the Spartans, picking of six passes and making 191 tackles.
Overall, the sense is that if Rucker can keep his head straight, he'll be a good talent. Again, this type of selection is interesting because, typically, the Colts do not use draft picks on these kinds of players.
Earlier in the day, the Colts took Delone Carter, a runningback from Syracuse, with the 119th overall pick. Of Carter, Dan Kadar of Mocking The Draft states:
For the Indianapolis Colts, Delone Carter has the potential to be the team's best running back since Edgerrin James. He's a physical runner with good quickness. The question, though, is about his health.
Barring a trade, the 188th pick is Indy's final selection i this draft.
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