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Colts draft Maine outside linebacker Trevor Bates in seventh round of NFL Draft

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In the sixth round, the Indianapolis Colts have drafted Maine outside linebacker Trevor Bates with the 239th overall pick.

Bates was a defensive end at Maine but will play outside linebacker in the Colts' 3-4 system, adding help as a pass rusher.  He had a private workout with the Colts during the draft process, and the Portland Press Herald reported that a Colts scout worked him out during his pro day to test his speed and agility, where he "shined."  Bates said that he has spent time during the pre-draft process gaining speed, losing weight, and working on his footwork to play linebacker in the NFL after playing 39 games at defensive end at Maine.

This is the first outside linebacker we've seen the Colts take in the draft, and by the time it gets to the seventh round these are normally just guys that teams wanted to make sure they got (rather than take the risk of trying to sign the guy as an undrafted player).  The Colts really need pass rush help, so using a seventh round pick on a guy like Trevor Bates makes perfect sense.

Here's a complete look at the Colts' picks in the 2016 NFL Draft:

1st round, 18th overall pick: Ryan Kelly, center, Alabama

2nd round, 57th overall pick (from Packers): T.J. Green, safety, Clemson

3rd round, 82nd overall pick: Le'Raven Clark, offensive tackle, Texas Tech

4th round, 116th overall pick: Hassan Ridgeway, defensive tackle, Texas

4th round, 125th overall pick (from Packers): Antonio Morrison, inside linebacker, Florida

5th round, 155th overall pick: Joseph Haeg, offensive tackle, North Dakota State

7th round, 239th overall pick: Trevor Bates, outside linebacker, Maine

7th round, 248th overall pick (from Packers)

The team's sixth round pick was traded to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for linebacker Sio Moore last year, leaving them with six picks in the draft (currently, barring a trade).  Additionally, here's an update on the Colts' areas of need (in no particular order):

Pass rush

Offensive line

Running back

Inside linebacker

Defensive back (safety and/or cornerback)