There were 256 picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, and with the rookie wage scale there's not much to be negotiated in terms of contracts. Once Marcus Mariota and the Titans agreed to a deal a few days ago, it meant that all but two of the 256 picks had been signed. The only two that were remaining? Colts' third round picks D'Joun Smith and Henry Anderson. Tonight, however, the Colts announced that they have officially agreed to terms with both players, wrapping up their entire draft class (and the entire NFL draft class, too) with players set to report to training camp a week from tomorrow.
Smith was drafted by the Colts in the third round of the draft out of Florida Atlantic. There, the cornerback played in 44 games over four years, notching 120 tackles (4.5 for loss), a sack, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 29 passes defensed, and nine picks. He also spent some time returning kickoffs (47 of them), averaging 23.3 yards per return. Smith is likely to be the Colts' fourth cornerback this year, and they love his versatility. He is able to play either outside or in the slot, and he also can move around all over the field depending on matchups. The Colts' coaching staff loves his versatility and were happy to be able to get him early in the third round, and he could play a key role in his rookie season as the fourth cornerback.
Anderson was drafted by the Colts in the third round out of Stanford. In his senior season in 2014 (as a fifth-year senior), he was a first-team All-Pac 12 and also a Pac 12 All-Academic first team. He notched 65 tackles (15 for loss), 8.5 sacks, and two passes defensed in 2014, playing all over the defensive line. ,played all over the defensive line at Stanford, but it's expected that he'll play mainly the five-technique with the Colts. The 6-6, 295 pound lineman is a good pass rusher and has the ability to be a good defensive lineman for Indy, as he's a great fit in the 3-4 system. It remains to be seen how big of an impact he'll have right away, but regardless he is a player to keep an eye on along the defensive line moving forward.
If you're wondering about what the contracts are, here's a very good estimate from Mike Chappell:
#colts D'Joun Smith was due a 4-yr deal worth approx. $3.5M with $800K SB. Henry Anderson due 4-yr deal worth approx. $2.9M, $610K SB— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) July 25, 2015
All of the Colts' draft picks are now under contract with training camp set to begin in just about a week - football is right around the corner!