Player News - Colts

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Colts signed North Carolina WR Bug Howard.

Howard (6’4/221) arrived at UNC as a decorated high school recruit, only to labor through his first three seasons before breaking out for a 53-827-8 (15.6 YPR) senior-year receiving line with Mitch Trubisky at quarterback. Howard was the Heels’ primary perimeter weapon with Ryan Switzer vacuuming targets in the slot. Howard is powerfully built with long arms (33 1/8") and huge hands (10 3/8"). He managed a 4.58 forty at the Combine, but excelled in the vertical (37 ½") and three-cone drill (6.95). Not a separation receiver, Howard will have to earn his NFL keep as a contested-catch winner and possession target.
Apr 30 - 10:56 AM

Colts signed Washington TE Darrell Daniels.

Daniels (6’3/247) made 18 starts in four years as a Huskie, managing a career 47-728-5 (15.5 YPR) receiving line and earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 as a senior. PFF College charted Daniels with just two career drops. Although Daniels never reached 20 catches in a college season, he is an elite athlete for the position with 4.55 speed and long arms (34 ½"). Daniels also played special teams throughout college, which should help his bid for an early-career roster spot. Recruited to Washington as a wideout, Daniels offers developmental upside as a "move" tight end.
Apr 29 - 7:04 PM

Colts selected Northwestern ILB Anthony Walker with the No. 161 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Walker (6’1/238) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting all three years at middle linebacker for the Wildcats, leading the Big Ten in tackles for loss as a sophomore (20.5) and earning second-team all-conference in 2016. Something of a surprise early entrant, Walker did not help himself with 21st-percentile athletic results before the draft. He shows tight-hipped coverage limitations on tape and isn’t a true thumper. A good college player whose NFL transition will be an uphill climb, Walker’s best early-career bet will be to become a special teams demon.
Apr 29 - 2:47 PM

Colts selected Temple CB Nate Hairston with the No. 158 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hairston (6’0/196) converted from wideout to cornerback as a redshirt junior and started as a senior, tallying three tackles for loss and two interceptions as part of Temple’s No. 2 nationally-ranked pass defense. Hairston’s Combine numbers were merely average, running 4.52 with a 35 ½-inch vertical. A still-developing defensive back with plus size and tackling ability, Hairston will likely have to earn a special teams role before pushing for playing time in an NFL secondary.
Apr 29 - 2:39 PM

Colts selected Albany State DL Grover Stewart with the No. 144 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Stewart (6’5/334) was a dominant freak in the Division-2 ranks, piling up 27 career sacks before running 5.17 with 30 bench-press reps at Albany’s Pro Day. Not invited to the Combine, Stewart is a superb athlete for his monstrous size in the mold of Bears DE Akiem Hicks. Stewart’s transition is steep coming out of D-2, but he offers a mouth-watering NFL ceiling based on size and movement skills.
Apr 29 - 2:04 PM

Colts selected USF RB Marlon Mack with the No. 143 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Mack (5’11/213) needed only three college seasons to set USF all-time records in rushing yards (3,609), all-purpose yards (4,107), and touchdowns (33), finishing his career with an explosive 6.16 YPC average and 65 receptions. Mack confirmed his plus athleticism in Indy, posting a top-five SPARQ score among running backs with 4.5-flat speed and a springy 10-foot-5 broad jump. On college tape, Mack showed a tendency to bounce runs outside in persistent attempts to turn nothing into something, which can be viewed positively or negatively. Either way, Mack’s playmaking ability and versatility are undeniable. He has some Tevin Coleman to his game as a multi-phase weapon who is dangerous in open space.
Apr 29 - 2:03 PM

Colts selected USC OG Zach Banner with the No. 137 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Banner (6’8/353) played basketball as a freshman before taking up football full time and making 38 starts, mostly at right tackle. He was voted first-team All-Pac 12 by the conference’s coaches as a junior and senior. Gargantuan with long arms (34 7/8") and huge hands (10 ¾"), Banner overwhelmed opponents as a college run blocker but struggled in pass protection, where Banner’s height can work against him. Conditioning is also a concern after Banner ballooned near 400 pounds at times in college. While Banner’s run-blocking prowess is intriguing, he is a boom-bust prospect who could develop into a plus starter, or fall out of the league in a few years. He is unlikely to contribute as a rookie.
Apr 29 - 1:41 PM

Colts selected Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham with the No. 80 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Basham (6’4/269) took home 2016 MAC Defensive Player of the Year after setting a school record for career sacks (29.5) as a four-year starter at defensive end. PFF College charted Basham with the fifth most QB hurries (71) in the nation as a senior. With plus arm length (34 ¼") and big hands (10 ¼"), Basham demonstrated physical edge-setting ability in run defense and powerful pocket-pushing skills on tape. An above-average athlete with 4.70 speed, Basham’s concerns include a straight-line game and lack of pass-rush variety. While Basham has some long-term limitations, he is a good football player with an NFL body. He has a chance to develop into a quality starter in the Trey Flowers mold.
Apr 28 - 10:18 PM

Colts selected Florida DB Quincy Wilson with the No. 46 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Wilson (6’2/211) turned pro after three years in Gainesville, making 24 starts and compiling six INTs while earning second-team All-SEC in 2016 despite being overshadowed by Teez Tabor. Whereas his size is an obvious plus, Wilson demonstrated gambling tendencies on tape and managed 37th-percentile SPARQ results with a pedestrian forty (4.54), vertical (32"), and broad (9’10") jump at the Combine. Wilson did post a strong three-cone time (6.86). While NFL scouts have been split on whether Wilson should play cornerback or safety, he will almost assuredly man corner for the CB-desperate Colts.
Apr 28 - 8:25 PM

Colts selected Ohio State S Malik Hooker with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hooker (6’1/206) turned pro as a redshirt sophomore after breaking out for 5.5 tackles for loss and seven interceptions in 2016, including three pick sixes. He averaged an absurd 25.9 yards per runback on his turnovers forced, playing free safety like a ball-hawking wideout. Hooker underwent shoulder and sports hernia surgeries in January, but should be 100% well before camp. Blessed with huge hands (10 3’4") and innate playmaking ability, Hooker is a pure center fielder who has some issues in run support but has drawn Ed Reed comparisons for his back-end vision and field-flipping takeaway skills.
Apr 27 - 10:01 PM

Colts NT David Parry has reached a plea deal in his drunk driving case.

He has avoided jail time, and will escape with probation. Parry pled guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and felony "attempt to commit unlawful means of transportation." Parry drunkenly jacked a "transportation cart." He's facing suspension, but will likely keep his roster spot.
Apr 27 - 4:05 PM

Colts signed LB Jon Bostic, formerly of the Lions.

A 2013 second-round pick of the Bears, Bostic has settled in as a core special teamer type. He missed all of 2016 with a broken foot. He will have to earn his spot on the 53-man roster, even in Indy.
Apr 20 - 4:02 PM

Colts signed TE Mo Alie-Cox.

Alie-Cox is a former basketball player for VCU. These sorts of signings always generate a lot of hype, but rarely pan out. That being said, the Colts pulled off the experiment with Erik Swoope. The practice squad is probably a best-case scenario for Alie-Cox in 2017.
Apr 20 - 2:51 PM

Speaking Monday, Andrew Luck confirmed his shoulder operation stemmed from his Sept. 2015 injury.

Luck got his shoulder wrecked in Week 3 2015 against the Titans, missing the first two starts of his career. He treated the issue with rest and rehab the past two years, but decided the regimen was no longer enough. Missing the entire offseason, Luck is considered questionable for the start of camp, but has insisted he will be ready for Week 1.
Apr 17 - 1:25 PM

Colts DB Darius Butler said he's permanently moving to safety.

Butler said he asked to play more safety last season, and he got his wish as the year went on in 2016. Re-signed to a one-year deal in March, Butler figures to handle the "centerfielder" role as the free safety, with SS Clayton Geathers playing closer to the line. The Colts badly need a No. 2 corner.
Apr 17 - 12:16 PM


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