Player News - Colts

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Colts signed USC DT Delvon Simmons.

Simmons (6'5/298) spent his first two college seasons at Texas Tech and his final two at USC, tallying 20.5 career tackles for loss, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles. He showed plodding athleticism at the Trojans' Pro Day, running 5.46 with an 8-foot-2 broad jump. Simmons offers power and strength, but he isn't going to put pressure on NFL quarterbacks. At best, he'll be a rotational two-down run stopper.
May 1 - 11:12 AM

Colts signed USC LB Anthony Sarao.

Sarao (5'11/219) started three seasons for the Trojans, tallying 12.5 career tackles for loss, seven sacks, and two interceptions. A severely undersized college inside linebacker, Sarao struggled at USC's Pro Day with a 4.86 forty and sluggish agility scores. Sarao succeeded on sheer effort and intensity in college. In the NFL, Sarao will need to kick tail on special teams to carve out a career.
May 1 - 11:08 AM

Colts signed Cincinnati WR Mekale McKay.

McKay (6'4/207) spent three seasons at Cincinnati after transferring from Arkansas, finishing his Bearcats career with 87 catches for 1,717 yards (19.7 YPR) and 17 touchdowns. He showed good-not-great athleticism at the Combine, running 4.55 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. McKay struggled with drops in college and lacks crispness in his routes, but has some field-stretching tools. He reminds a bit of Raiders WR Andre Holmes.
May 1 - 11:05 AM

Colts signed Tennessee OLB Curt Maggitt.

Maggitt (6'3/247) made 29 starts at Tennessee before missing all but two games as a senior with a chipped bone in his hip. He looked to be coming on in his junior campaign, breaking out for 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. Maggitt still wasn't recovered in time to work out before the draft. Amid obvious injury flags -- he also tore his ACL in college -- Maggitt is a passionate and highly competitive rush end-'backer with edge burst to disrupt enemy quarterbacks. Maggitt has upside if he can get and stay healthy.
May 1 - 11:02 AM

Colts signed Georgia OLB Sterling Bailey.

Bailey (6'4/285) made 20 starts for the Bulldogs, managing four career tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. A non-sudden, plodding mover, Bailey best projects as an early-down run defender who must leave the field on passing downs. He ran 5.23 at the Combine with a 9-foot-3 broad jump. Turning 24 early in his rookie season, Bailey is an over-aged role-player prospect with a low ceiling.
May 1 - 10:52 AM

Colts signed Purdue WR Danny Anthrop.

Anthrop (6'0/187) rebounded from a November 2014 ACL tear to catch 57 passes for 430 yards (7.54 YPR) and two touchdowns as a senior at Purdue. After a relatively nondescript college career playing for bad teams, Anthrop put himself on the draft radar by running 4.49 at the Boilermakers' Pro Day. Anthrop is still a limited athlete (30 1/2" vertical, 9'11" broad jump) and short on length (29 1/2-inch arms). He'll have to carve out a role on punt returns and/or in the slot to forge an NFL career.
Apr 30 - 9:12 PM

Colts signed Illinois RB Josh Ferguson.

Ferguson (5'10/198) was a dynamic-if-brittle all-purpose playmaker for Illinois, posting a career rushing line of 505/2,586/18 (5.12 YPC) with 168/1,507/8 (8.97 YPR) receiving. He missed 16 college games due to injury, including three as a senior with an injured shoulder. Ferguson shined in Indy (4.48, 10-foot broad jump), but again pulled up lame with a hamstring injury. A spitting image of Dion Lewis from his playing style to his durability, Ferguson has the skill set of a movable chess piece despite his unheralded profile.
Apr 30 - 9:05 PM

Colts signed Vanderbilt S Andrew Williamson.

Williamson (6'1/208) was a two-year starter in the Commodores' secondary, managing six career tackles for loss, two interceptions and one forced fumble. After a ho-hum college career, Williamson helped himself by blazing 4.48 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump at Vandy's Pro Day. Williamson's NFL intrigue is derived almost entirely from his pre-draft workout metrics. He projects as a reserve strong safety and special teamer in the Sean Richardson mold.
Apr 30 - 8:27 PM

Colts signed Arkansas State TE Darion Griswold.

Griswold (6'4/253) didn't make much noise in the Sun Belt Conference, managing a 13-187-2 receiving line as a senior and 65 catches in his four-year career. He's intriguing because of his basketball background, playing hoops as a redshirt freshman. Griswold has athleticism and length (33 3/4-inch arms) working in his favor, but he's a long-shot project with a ways to go.
Apr 30 - 7:28 PM

Colts signed Syracuse DE Ron Thompson.

Thompson (6'3/253) went pro after his redshirt junior campaign, finishing his career with 21 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and six forced fumbles as a two-plus-year starter. He earned third-team All-ACC as a senior. Thompson's pre-draft workouts were atrocious, running 4.92 with an 8-foot-10 broad jump. Thompson's versatility is a plus — he can play defensive end, tackle, and linebacker — but his shortage of speed and athleticism will likely be his NFL undoing.
Apr 30 - 7:15 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay said contract negotiations with contract-year QB Andrew Luck are "progressing well."

"It's a complicated contract," Irsay said. "It's one that has to work both ways to make sure we're able to field a great football team." Irsay has mentioned the Fourth of July as a soft deadline, and he still sees that as a reasonable goal. It would be an absolute shock if Luck did not have a new deal before training camp.
Source: ESPN
Apr 30 - 6:47 PM

Colts selected Iowa C Austin Blythe with the No. 248 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Blythe (6'2/298) made 49 starts on the Hawkeyes' line, seeing first-team action at both guard and center. He was a full-time center as a senior, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors. Blythe's build and short arms (30 1/4") will limit him to pivot only in the pros. Albeit undersized and not a standout athlete, Blythe's consistency, sneaky strength, and advanced technique give him a chance to become a lower-end NFL center, but will obviously now play behind Ryan Kelly.
Apr 30 - 6:29 PM

Colts selected Maine LB Trevor Bates with the No. 239 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Bates (6'1/245) was not on the radar of most draft scouting services leading up to the event. His Pro Day workout was rather ordinary, running 4.78 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. Bates will have to earn a roster spot on special teams.
Apr 30 - 6:11 PM

Colts selected North Dakota State OT Joe Haeg with the No. 155 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Haeg (6'6/304) made 60 starts for the Bison, spending the first 29 at right tackle before moving to the left side for his final 31 to protect Carson Wentz's blind side. Haeg was twice an FCS All American, and named FCS Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior. Haeg shined at the Combine — 5.16 forty, 9'3" broad jump, 7.47 three-cone time — and has adequate arm length (33 3'4") for a tackle. His main drawback is a shortage of strength, suspiciously not performing bench-press drills before the draft. Haeg has a history of overachievement — he graduated high school weighing 240 pounds — but he'll need to get stronger to hang in the NFL.
Apr 30 - 2:42 PM

Colts selected Florida ILB Antonio Morrison with the No. 125 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Morrison (6'1/233) made 37 starts for the Gators, logging 21 career tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-SEC as a senior. Morrison suffered a torn left meniscus with cartilage damage at the end of his junior season that may have cost him mobility, as he ran a painfully slow 5.1 40-yard dash at Florida's Pro Day, struggling mightily in agility tests. Morrison was an aggressive, downhill run defender in the SEC, but at the NFL level he will be an athletically-challenged, undersized player. Perhaps he'll carve out a career like Brandon Spikes', but that is Morrison's ceiling.
Apr 30 - 1:28 PM


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