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Colts signed Harvard LB Zack Hodges.

Hodges (6'3/250) twice won Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, finishing his career as Harvard's all-time leader in sacks (27). He ran 4.68 at the Combine with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and explosive 10-foot-5 broad jump. With vine-like arms (34 1/4") to ward off blocks and plus athleticism, Hodges is a legit NFL prospect despite his "small-school" label. He is a bursty, edge-bending pass rusher with a devastating spin move. Hodges needs weight-room work, but has the necessary tools to develop into a big-league player.
May 2 - 7:52 PM

Colts signed San Diego State WR Ezell Ruffin.

Ruffin (6'0/218) caught 111 career passes for 1,877 yards (16.9 YPR) and five TDs as an Aztec. A good college receiver who's unlikely to translate to the pros, Ruffin has small hands (8 3/4") and is painfully short on athleticism, running 4.68 at the Combine with a lineman-like 27 1/2-inch vertical. His upside is a low-end slot receiver.
May 2 - 7:20 PM

Colts signed UMass TE Jean Sifrin.

Sifrin (6'5/245) is a 28-year-old former high school dropout who spent one season at UMass, catching 42 balls for 642 yards (15.3 YPR) and six TDs, dominating teenagers in the FCS. Exposed as a mediocre athlete in Indianapolis, Sifrin clocked 4.84 with a 33-inch vertical and 9-foot-6 broad jump. Sifrin looks the part with long arms (33 3/8") and big hands (11"), but is a severely overaged, low-ceiling prospect who could get weeded out of the NFL quickly.
May 2 - 7:11 PM

Colts signed Yale RB Tyler Varga.

Varga (5'11/222) earned the 2014 Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League's Offensive MVP, rushing for 1,423 yards and 22 TDs on 233 carries (6.11 YPC) and catching ten passes. Showing deficient athleticism at the Yale Pro Day, Varga ran 4.69 with a 9-foot-9 broad jump. Varga struggled at fullback during Senior Bowl practices, and may never get an extended look at tailback in the pros. He's a tweener who'll likely have to dominate on special teams to hang around, but he landed in a good situation if the Colts keep him at running back.
May 2 - 7:06 PM

Colts selected Mars Hill OG Denzell Goode with the No. 255 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

A former NC State transfer, Goode (6'5/339) is a big, wide power blocker on the inside. He showed intriguing athleticism for his size at the Wolfpack Pro Day, running 5.34 with a 31-inch vertical and repping 225 pounds 23 times. Goode is a project for the Colts, who came into the draft needing offensive-line help. Goode may be ticketed for the practice squad in year one.
May 2 - 6:34 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay said the team turned down a trade offer before selecting WR Phillip Dorsett in the first round.

The reality is the Colts could have traded back into round two and still likely landed Dorsett. They could have also done something to address their sieve of a defense. Dorsett's selection remains one of the more curious picks of 2015.
May 2 - 6:05 PM

Colts selected Georgia LB Amarlo Herrera with the No. 207 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Herrera (6'1/244) made 43 starts for the Bulldogs, recording 23 TFLs, four forced fumbles, and three interceptions. He ran 4.83 at the Combine with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-3 broad jump. Although Herrera made plays in pass coverage in college, he doesn't quite have the athleticism for that skill to translate smoothly, and despite his size Herrera isn't a thumper against the run. He projects as a reserve inside linebacker and core special teamer.
May 2 - 4:43 PM

Colts selected Mississippi State RB Josh Robinson with the No. 205 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Robinson (5'8/217) turned pro as a redshirt junior after piling up 1,997 yards and 15 TDs on 323 career carries (6.18 YPC). He caught 43 passes in three college seasons. Robinson is a vicious tackle breaker and consistent run finisher on game tape, but his athletic deficiency is a concern for his transition to the pros. He ran 4.70 at the Combine with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. Robinson is a poor man's Chris Ivory as a runner, albeit with better hands.
May 2 - 4:36 PM

Colts selected Stanford DT David Parry with the No. 151 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Parry (6'1/308) played nose tackle for the Cardinal, amassing 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks across his final two seasons. He was an honorable mention All-Pac 12 pick as a senior. Parry isn't much of an athlete (5.38 forty, 29-inch vertical), but has power in his hands and strength in the upper body, pumping 34 reps on the bench. A former walk-on, Parry is an overachiever with surprising pocket-pushing ability and obvious run-stopping skills. He projects as a high-end rotational nose tackle in the pros.
May 2 - 2:28 PM

Colts selected UCF S Clayton Geathers with the No. 109 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Geathers (6'2/218) made 52 starts for the Golden Knights, piling up 19 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, and three INTs. He earned first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors as a senior. Geathers showed above-average athletic ability at the Combine, running 4.55 with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Geathers has cover skills and is a big hitter, but missed too many one-on-one tackle opportunities on college tape. He projects as a No. 3 safety and special teamer with some potential to grow into a lower-end NFL starter.
May 2 - 12:34 PM

Colts selected Stanford DE Henry Anderson with the No. 93 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Anderson (6'6/294) rebounded from an injury-plagued junior year to notch 15 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks as a senior, earning first-team All-Pac 12. He managed a 5.03 forty in Indy, but excelled in the three-cone drill (7.20), a test often indicative of success for defensive linemen. A long-armed (33 1/2"), relentless power player with smarts (36 Wonderlic), Anderson projects best as a five-technique 3-4 end. He's been likened to Chris Canty by Rotoworld's Josh Norris and can rush the passer from the interior.
May 1 - 11:04 PM

Colts selected Florida Atlantic CB D'Joun Smith with the No. 65 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Smith (5'10/187) was a four-year contributor and three-year starter in the Owls' secondary, piling up nine career INTs, 29 pass breakups, and three forced fumbles. He ran 4.45 in Indy with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. A quick-twitch defender with kickoff return value, Smith is a feisty competitor, willing tackler, and has playmaking ability as a route jumper. He has a chance to develop into a quality No. 2 and/or slot corner in the NFL.
May 1 - 9:36 PM

Assault charges against Colts ILB D'Qwell Jackson have been dismissed.

Jackson was arrested in Washington D.C. in February after an altercation with a pizza delivery man over a parking spot. He allegedly punched the boy in the face and the back of the head. A D.C. judge dismissed the charges Friday morning.
May 1 - 6:26 PM

GM Ryan Grigson defended the Phillip Dorsett selection with a best player available mantra.

"This just shows that we stick to our guns when it comes to taking our best player on our board," Grigson said. "It's not just party talk." That's fine, but the Colts are a few beefy defenders away from being among the Super Bowl favorites. Dorsett doesn't figure to have much of a Year 1 impact as he plays behind T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson and (maybe) Donte Moncrief. Grigson has now taken 16 offensive players and seven defenders in his tenure as Colts GM.
May 1 - 2:07 PM

The Indy Star claims the Colts' selection of Phillip Dorsett won't affect T.Y. Hilton's long-term future with the team.

Dorsett's size and skill set is more than a little similar to Hilton's, but the Colts are confident the two can co-exist. Hilton will have plenty to play for heading into a contract year, and he'll likely be seeking around $10 million annually on his next deal. We'll see if the Colts are willing to pay that after they drafted his clone in Dorsett.
May 1 - 11:44 AM


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