The NFL held their first ever Veteran Combine this weekend, and it was clear that there are likely some changes needed moving forward if the league chooses to continue the event (which they should). At its most basic sense, however, the Veteran Combine is intended to give players another chance at impressing NFL teams.
One such player who did just that was cornerback Deveron Carr, and he impressed enough to earn a spot with the Colts, as the team announced tonight that they have signed him to a contract.
Carr, a 5-11, 190 pound corner, played collegiately at Arizona State (2008-2012) and played in 42 career games, starting 34. He recorded 86 tackles, 22 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries, 2.5 tackles for loss and two picks in his career at Arizona State, and in his senior season he started every game and was part of a secondary unit that ranked third in the entire country in passing yards allowed per game (168). He was signed as an undrafted rookie by the Buccaneers in 2013, and he played in nine games with the Bucs that year in special teams roles. He was in training camp with Tampa Bay in 2014 but was then released.
It's awesome that Carr, who the Colts referred to as a "standout" at the Veteran Combine, gets another shot in the NFL, as that's exactly why the Combine was held in the first place. At this point he'll be fighting for a roster spot, but the Colts do have a spot or two available for a fourth or fifth cornerback if Carr continues to impress them. It's a low-risk move for the Colts and it's a good opportunity for the cornerback.