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Report: Colts Have Shown Interest in Miami (Ohio) Placekicker Sam Sloman

NCAA Football: Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

According to The Draft Wire’s Justin Melo, the Indianapolis Colts are among the teams that have shown interest in Miami (Ohio) kicker Sam Sloman before the NFL Draft:

The 5’8”, 205 pound placekicker successfully converted 26 of 30 field goal attempts (86.7%)—including a long of 53 yards, and he made all 34 of his extra point attempts this past season. He also had 52 touchbacks on kickoffs in 2019.

The senior placekicker was awarded 2nd-Team All-MAC honors.

He ranks 4th all-time in school history for points (259 points), and his .867 accuracy for field goal ranks second best all-time in a single-season for the Redhawks respectively:

The Colts currently have 2nd-year placekicker Chase McLaughlin as their projected starter for 2020—as legendary long-time veteran Adam Vinatieri is both a free agent and contemplating retirement after a disappointing (and injury plagued) 2019 season.

In relief of Vinatieri, McLaughlin showed a lot of promise in limited action for the Colts last season, converting 5 of 6 of his field goal attempts (83.3%)—and he made all 11 of his extra point attempts during 4 starts.

However, with the Colts having so far passed on free agent veteran alternatives, it appears that their starting placekicker job is currently McLaughlin’s to lose.

That being said, the Colts could look to bring in a rookie kicker such as Sloman in the draft’s later rounds or as a priority undrafted free agent to serve as McLaughlin’s primary competition in training camp and preseason—before formally naming a new starter for next season.