The NFL held their first ever Veteran Combine earlier this offseason, as the event took place in Arizona (the site of the owners' meetings) and was a chance for players who had already been in the league to showcase their skills for NFL teams in hopes of earning another shot. It's a good idea for an event and something the league should continue to do, and it seems to have worked for a number of players who did earn a spot on a team. One of those players is cornerback Deveron Carr, who was signed by the Indianapolis Colts shortly after working out at the Veteran Combine - someone who, at the time, the Colts said was a "standout" at the event.
Carr spent four seasons playing collegiately at Arizona State from 2008-2012, appearing in 42 games and starting 34 while recording 86 tackles, 22 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries, 2.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions. In his senior season, he was a significant part of a secondary that finished third in the entire country in passing yards allowed per game (168), as Carr started every game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2013, and Carr appeared in nine games that season on special teams. After training camp in 2014, however, Carr was released, and he didn't find another job in the league after that. That was, he didn't find another job until the Colts noticed him at the Veteran Combine and signed him.
Since then, Carr has been working with the Colts in their offseason program and looking to continue to impress the team enough to earn a spot on their 53-man roster. It will be a tall task for Carr, but the Colts do have a cornerback spot open. Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, and Darius Butler are locked in as the top three at the position, while rookie D'Joun Smith appears to have the clear advantage at the number four corner spot. Assuming the team keeps five corners, however, there is a spot open, and Carr will be competing with guys like Jalil Brown, Chance Casey, Donald Celiscar, and Sheldon Price for the spot.