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Colts 2015 Player Preview: Cornerback Donald Celiscar

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The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on August 1 with a 90-man roster, and we'll be taking a look at every single player on the roster (though it obviously will change some) as we approach camp. Today, we look at cornerback Donald Celiscar.

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Though he was not drafted, Western Michigan cornerback Donald Celiscar signed with the Indianapolis Colts shortly after the draft ended and has stuck with them through the team's offseason program, providing an interesting player to consider at corner.

Though he played wide receiver in high school, Celiscar came to Western Michigan as a cornerback, and in four years at the school he played in 48 games, starting 40.  He recorded 247 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, ten interceptions, 45 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and one safety.  He also returned 23 kickoffs, averaging 21.2 yards per return.  He was a first-team All-MAC selection in his senior season in 2014 and a second-team All-MAC in 2013, and in 2014 he was also tied for the most passes defensed per game in the country with 1.6 per game (notching 17 on the year).  In each of his four seasons at Western Michigan, Celiscar recorded at least 45 tackles.

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein wrote of Celiscar that he's a "physical, ball-hawking cornerback who is at his best in bump and run coverage" and noted that some NFL team might opt to try him at safety.  Another NFL.com analyst, Charles Davis, also could see Celiscar at safety, but also named the cornerback to his All-Underrated Team for the 2015 Draft.

That versatility could wind up helping Celiscar greatly with the Colts, as they could use an extra cornerback and safety, and having a player who could potentially do both is certainly intriguing.  Celiscar has good ball skills that catch the eye, and he might be one of those undrafted free agents to watch during training camp.  The Colts likely have an opening at the fifth cornerback spot, as well as a competition for the depth spots at safety, and so there is an opportunity for Celiscar to step in and win the job.  If he can show the ball skills that made him a standout in college while also providing versatility to play anywhere in the secondary and on special teams, the Colts might be inclined to keep the undrafted rookie around as a depth defensive back.