The Colts went into this offseason with a major need at cornerback, and that hole on the roster grew larger after Rashaan Melvin left in free agency. General manager Chris Ballard must’ve been happy with the current crop of cornerbacks in Indianapolis because he didn’t spend any of his 11 draft picks on defensive backs and he didn’t make any major moves at that position in free agency.
One of the players that Ballard may be counting on at cornerback next season is Christopher Milton.
Milton has played in 20 games for the Colts over the past two years, including 14 games last season. Milton was mainly a special teams player as he only recorded four tackles on the year, but he did pick up a fumble recovery in 2017.
That special teams experience will be valuable for Milton as he tries to earn a job on Indianapolis’ regular season roster. The cornerbacks near the bottom of the depth chart may not find much playing time on defense, but they could be crucial players on the Colts’ special teams units.
Milton will be competing with fellow veteran D.J. White and a crop of undrafted rookies for the final couple of spots in the cornerback rotation behind Quincy Wilson, Kenny Moore, Nate Hairston, and Pierre Desir.
The Colts’ coaching staff will come into training camp with unbiased eyes as they haven’t seen some of these cornerbacks play very much outside of some reps during OTA’s.
I’d say Milton has a good shot at making the roster in Indianapolis for the third year in a row, but he’ll have to perform well in camp to hold off some of the Colts’ talented undrafted rookies.