The Indianapolis Colts this afternoon have officially announced 18 undrafted free agent signings, bringing their roster to the 90-man offseason limit.
Here’s the 18 players the Colts have signed:
Deyshawn Bond, G, Cincinnati
Dalton Crossan, RB, New Hampshire
Darrell Daniels, TE, Washington
Trey Griffey, WR, Arizona
Thomas Hennessy, LS, Duke
Bug Howard, WR, North Carolina
Colin Jeter, TE, LSU
Jerome Lane, WR, Akron
Chris Lyles, CB, Mississippi College
Christopher Muller, G, Rutgers
JoJo Natson, WR, Akron
Reggie Porter, CB, Utah
Brandon Radcliff, RB, Louisville
Rigoberto Sanchez, P, Hawaii
Garrett Sickels, OLB, Penn State
Jhaustin Thomas, DE, Iowa State
Jerry Ugokwe, OT, William & Mary
Phillip Walker, QB, Temple
The Colts will hold rookie mini-camp next weekend, May 12-14, so there wasn’t much need to announce the signings officially earlier this week, though we had heard of most of them anyway. With 18 rookie free agents and eight draft picks we know of 26 players who will be participating in the Colts’ rookie mini-camp, and there will be others who participate as tryouts. Chris Ballard said last weekend that he expects 60-65 players in rookie mini-camp, so we should see quite a few tryout players too. These guys, though, are the 18 guys who have signed. That doesn’t mean their spots are safe, however, as after rookie camp we could see a few changes.
Last night on a radio interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio, Ballard mentioned Darrell Daniels, Dalton Crossan, and Reggie Porter as three UDFA signings to keep an eye on for the Colts, so that perhaps gives us a bit of insight into the GM’s mindset.
The Colts have a good history of finding UDFA talent that sticks around, as in fact they have had at least one UDFA signing make their week one roster in each of the last 18 seasons, which is one of the longest such streaks in the NFL. Last year, there were four undrafted rookies who made it: Matthias Farley, Josh Ferguson, Curt Maggitt, and Chester Rogers. Three of those four were signed by the Colts as UDFAs after the draft, while Farley was claimed shortly before the season started.
This year, we should expect at least one or two of these guys to make the roster this year, especially when there’s so much competition on the roster.