The Colts also signed Fahn Cooper earlier this offseason. Cooper, a tackle, was a 2016 fifth-round pick of the 49ers.
Chris Ballard has mentioned the Colts would not be opposed to keeping 10 offensive linemen if the numbers allow for it come roster cut down.
Cooper, 6-5, 306 pounds, spent the entire 2016 season on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. He participated in the 49ers 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3 and was signed to the team’s practice squad the next day. Cooper was originally selected by San Francisco in the fifth round (174th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Dawson Dahnke accounted for 200 yards of offense with two scoring runs and two touchdown catches as Harrison (West Lafayette) earned a share of the North Central Conference title with a 68-7 win over Richmond.
Will Jones carried the ball 26 times for 194 yards and three scores for Lapel in a 42-14 win over Eastern Hancock.
So with that in mind, it certainly wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities for the Colts to pursue a young, talented player like Wilson in this year’s draft.
At cornerback, the Colts go into the offseason with two of their starters from 2016 ready to return in Vontae Davis and Patrick Robinson (who ended the season on IR). The team also got strong contributions from four-year veterans Rashaan Melvin and Darryl Morris, and signed Charles James II late in the season.
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Eric Jones ran 25 times for 195 yards and five touchdowns for Mount Vernon (Fortville) in a 40-21 win over Yorktown.
Zander Horvath ran 25 times for 192 yards and four touchdowns and caught a pass for another tally as Mishawaka Marian claimed the Northern Indiana Conference South Division title with a 35-13 win over South Bend Washington.
Behind Vontae Davis, the Colts have Rashaan Melvin, Darryl Morris and Charles James. Those guys have never been full-time starters in the NFL. The staff did like what Melvin provided Indianapolis in extended action last season.
So while the cornerback position appears set for the most part, the Colts know from experience that anything can happen, and Indianapolis Colts jersey china that building depth at the position will be key. Which makes a prospect like Wilson all the more interesting.
Davis was a full participant in practice Thursday and Friday after resting on Wednesday. It is not known when or how Davis got the ankle injury.
Bret Bielema has seen many of his players go on to have successful NFL careers, but it was Tevin Mitchel, more than anyone else, that turned on the jets in just one year’s time to go from virtual unknown to NFL prospect during the 2014 NCAA college football season.
“I don’t know in my coaching career now, head coach for 10 years, I don’t know if I’ve seen a player change the value of [his] name more in one year than Tevin Mitchel,” the Arkansas head coach told ESPN 980 last year. “A guy that maybe a year ago was a guy that people targeted and his last year they didn’t want to have anything to do with him.”
But after sitting out an entire year, Mitchel says he has a new appreciation for the game, and considers himself lucky that his self-described Colts “family” took a chance on him.