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Colts Sign Entire Rookie Draft Class, as TE Kylen Granson and QB Sam Ehlinger Ink Deals

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The Indianapolis Colts announced on Wednesday that the team has signed rookie tight end Kylen Granson and quarterback Sam Ehlinger—meaning all 7 selections have now safely inked contracts from their 2021 NFL Draft class:

Granson was selected with the 127th overall pick in the fourth round.

At 6’1.5”, 241 pounds, Granson caught 35 receptions for 536 receiving yards (15.3 ypr. avg.) and 5 touchdown receptions as a senior for SMU during 10 starts in 2020—earning First-Team All-AAC honors.

He projects to contribute immediately as the Colts’ new ‘move’ tight end, replacing departed veteran starter Trey Burton in such a featured role. For what it’s worth, Granson was reportedly impressive in rookie minicamp recently.

With a 4.63 forty time, he should provide more speed, explosion, and separation at the tight end position—having solid receiving chops.

Meanwhile, Ehlinger was selected with the 218th overall pick in the 6th round.

At 6’1”, 220 pounds, Ehlinger completed 194 of 322 throws (60.2%) for 2,566 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions during 10 starts in his senior season for Texas—as he was awarded 2nd-Team All-Big 12 honors.

Along with 2nd-year quarterback Jacob Eason, Ehlinger projects to compete for the Colts’ primary backup quarterback spot behind new starter Carson Wentz. However, the team could find room for all three quarterbacks on the active roster regardless (and if nothing else, Ehlinger might be a potential practice squad stash).

In 2021, Ehlinger may be able to contribute immediately in a dual-threat ‘Taysom Hill’ role in certain creative/red zone (short yardage) packages—given his unique ability to use his legs. The Colts really like his make-up and character all together.

As such, it’s good to have all of the Colts rookies now signed.