Player News - Colts

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Colts signed No. 125 overall pick ILB Antonio Morrison to a four-year contract.

Only two of the Colts' eight picks have yet to sign. Morrison was a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection in his senior year at Florida. He'll be in the mix for snaps along with Nate Irving, Josh McNary and Sio Moore behind D'Qwell Jackson.
May 6 - 1:12 PM

Colts signed fourth-round DT Hassan Ridgeway, fifth-round OT Joe Haeg, seventh-round LB Trevor Bates and seventh-round C Austin Blythe to four-year contracts.

Ridgeway has NFL athleticism, but struggled with stamina and conditioning for Texas in the Big 12. He needs to whip his body into shape before contributing on the interior in Indianapolis.
May 5 - 8:07 PM

Colts signed first-round C Ryan Kelly to a four-year contract.

A rare smart first-round pick by Colts GM Ryan Grigson -- Bjoern Werner and a WR4 came in two of the three years before this -- Kelly was the best center in the draft and shores up a major weak spot on Indy's interior line. As it stands, the Colts' starting front five is shaping up as LT Anthony Castonzo, LG Jack Mewhort, C Kelly, RG Hugh Thornton, and RT Joe Reitz. The left side has the potential to be strong, but the right side still looks weak.
May 4 - 9:06 PM

Colts DE Earl Okine has been working at outside linebacker this offseason.

He only played five games as a rookie while spending time on the practice squad. At 6'6/290, dropping back in coverage could be an issue for Okine, though he's worked hard to improve his footwork. An undrafted journeyman out of the University of Florida, Okine will enter training camp on the roster bubble.
May 3 - 8:32 PM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells reports fourth-round ILB Antonio Morrison ran his 5.1 40-yard dash at Florida's Pro Day "four days after having a catheter taken out of his chest."

Morrison was recovering from a staph infection that sidelined him at the Combine. Per Wells, doctors "urged" Morrison not to run at the Pro Day. Colts coach Chuck Pagano wasn't deterred by the slow time, and instead came away impressed with Morrison's toughness. "The guy is a great competitor," Pagano said. "You just put the tape on, and after a couple plays, it’s like, wow." Morrison will compete with Sio Moore, Nate Irving and Josh McNary for time at inside 'backer.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 7:07 PM

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 space-back potential.
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


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