Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; An Indianapolis Colts helmet sits on the Colts table at the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE
Jean-Baptiste is a name we've talked about a bit here at Stampede Blue. The 6'2, 335 lbs Baylor product was thought to be on Indianapolis' radar prior to the 2012 NFL Draft. However, Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson opted to select Alabama stud NT Josh Chapman in the 5th Round. Chapman hasn't practiced or played with the Colts since he was drafted, recovering from a knee injury he sustained (and played with) much of last season with Alabama. He is currently on the P.U.P. list.
Jean-Baptiste went undrafted, but was signed by the Ravens as an rookie free agent. However, he was released on August 31st.
It's interesting that the Colts have opted to release Anunoby, a player who was signed as a rookie free agent and participated in all the offseason, training camp, and preseason activities, and replace him with Jean-Baptiste. I guess Grigson sees something in Jean-Baptiste and Hills.