There will be a lot of talk surrounding the Colts’ rookies this weekend, since the team is holding their rookie mini-camp in which they’ll have 70 players in-house working with them.
This has already led to some details - like a few of the contract signings - getting worked out, and we now know the jersey numbers for the team’s eight draft picks too.
Malik Hooker, S - number 29
Quincy Wilson, CB - number 31
Tarell Basham, OLB - number 58
Zach Banner, T - number 72
Marlon Mack, RB - number 25
Grover Stewart, DT - number 68
Nate Hairston, CB - number 27
Anthony Walker, ILB - number 50
There are a couple of notable numbers to point out based on the recent history of those numbers. For example, Malik Hooker will be taking Mike Adams’ number 29, so he’ll be replacing Adams both on-the-field and when it comes to uniform number. Tarell Basham is taking 58, which was recently worn by Trent Cole, while Marlon Mack is taking the number of Patrick Robinson, number 25. And though a few players have worn it since then, Anthony Walker taking number 50 brings to mind Jerrell Freeman, who wore that number for four seasons with the Colts.
It should also be noted that Grover Stewart is taking number 68, which was actually initially assigned to Al Woods, who signed as a free agent this year. Woods has changed his number to 97. Along those lines, though we mentioned most of the free agent uniform numbers earlier this offseason, there are few new updates to point out.
Kamar Aiken, WR - number 1
Jon Bostic, ILB - number 57
Johnathan Hankins, DT - number 95
The most obvious thing to point out from those three numbers is that Pat McAfee’s “numero uno” will be worn by wide receiver Kamar Aiken in 2017. Punter Jeff Locke will wear number 9, though that’s a switch from the number he previously wore with the Vikings, as he wore 18. The reason why he won’t be wearing that with the Colts is obvious. “Right when my agent was saying that the Colts were interested in doing it I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s probably not going to fly,’” Locke said earlier this week.