They say rookie seasons in the NFL can be a learning experience

The radio entertainment that day had on South Florida head coach Willie Taggart.

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Moore was listening to Taggart rave about a freshman starter named Marlon Mack and his 275-yard, four-touchdown debut. “He’s saying, ‘I’m telling you there’s something unique about (Mack),’” Moore now says about how Taggart was describing the program’s eventual school-record holder.

Ferguson will rely on that experience as he tries to battle for a roster spot the next few months. Indianapolis used a fourth-round pick in last week’s NFL Draft on another speedy running back, Marlon Mack, who had a standout career at the University of South Florida.

You listen to Zach Banner and he sounds like a walking spokesperson for the city of Indianapolis. Banner has spent four days in his new home, all coming earlier this year at the NFL Combine.

Before the final day of the draft got underway on Saturday, Chris Ballard met the media. Ballard said he was interested in drafting an offensive lineman on Saturday to add some competition. The Indianapolis Colts jersey cheap took four offensive linemen in last year’s draft but still wanted to add one more in 2017, despite a weaker OL class this year.

Similar to Zach Banner on offense, the Colts do not need immediate contributions from their trench rookies.

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The huge Banner offers depth and a lot of potential as a 6’10 right tackle for the future and you can’t ignore how the size could make him a great blocker with a Joe Haeg like impact. “I thought he was the best defensive lineman there,” Chris Ballard said after selecting Stewart with the final pick of Round Four. “For a big man, he can move. He can get off the ball. He’s got strength. We think there’s a lot of upside, and we think he can play three different spots. Nike Colts #12 Andrew Luck Black Women's Stitched NFL Limited Gold Salute to Service Jersey

Basham is a physical and relentless presence as a pass rusher, traits that earned him Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year awards last season with Ohio University. But he will be making the transition from playing with his hand in the dirt at all times to becoming a stand-up 3-4 outside linebacker in Monachino’s defense.

We had a few T.J. Green questions in this week’s mailbag. The Colts do have some flexibility back there given what Darius Butler can do. However, I think they want Butler at safety. Now, if the Colts can’t find any cornerbacks in the draft, maybe that changes some things. I still believe that how Butler’s skills can co-exist with the physical nature of Geathers, makes more sense at the safety position. Let Green play that nickel roll and find some corner talent in the draft.

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They say rookie seasons in the NFL can be a learning experience.

Ask T.J. Green if that accurately describes his debut year in the NFL and the safety’s hand is likely to be raised in the air.

Basketball in high school kept Hooker away from the football field until his junior year. Hooker is very raw with his experience at safety. Hooker redshirted at Ohio State in 2014 and did not become a full-time starter until 2016. The Colts are going to have plenty of options in how they choose to use Hooker and the other defensive backs next season. With Hooker, Clayton Geathers, T.J. Green and Darius Butler, the Colts have some decisions to make when multiple defensive backs are needed. Butler, who moved to safety when he re-signed in March, has ample nickel cornerback experience. Coming out of college, Green was thought to be a possible cornerback at the next level. Ted Monachino now has plenty of choices for his defensive packages in 2017.

The 2016 MAC Defensive Player of the Year, is the next try at that

In Round Three of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Colts selected edge rusher Tarell Basham at No. 80 overall.

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They were encouraged about what they saw. That, along with the length and quick reaction at the snap, has the Colts intrigued about the pass rushing Basham will try to bring to professional football.

Ballard does believe that Basham can be more than just a pass rusher. The 42.5 tackles for loss from Basham backs up that belief.

From his talks at the Combine and observations of the Colts after three defenders in three draft picks, Basham knows he is part of something big in Indianapolis.

When looking at potential pass rushers each year in the NFL Draft, one of the most important questions a general manager asks himself is, “Is this guy a flash in the pan, or has he shown consistent improvement that can continue at the next level?”

And while there are countless examples of teams across the league falling in love with players who might’ve exploded their final year in college, only to see them become completely overmatched and rendered useless in the NFL colts jersey cheap , it appears Tarell Basham’s story could be much different.

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A young pass rusher was an absolute must for the Colts in this draft. Basham had 29.5 sacks and 42.5 tackles for loss in his four seasons at Ohio University. At 6-4 and 249 pounds, Basham will likely move to outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense for the Colts. He was a 4-3 defensive end at Ohio. The Colts have tried unsuccessfully to groom the franchise’s next top pass rusher. Basham, the 2016 MAC Defensive Player of the Year, is the next try at that. Colts #85 Pierre Garcon White Stitched NFL Jersey

Cornerback was easily the most obvious need for the Colts going into the 2017 NFL Draft. In the previous five drafts for the Colts, D’Joun Smith was the lone cornerback chosen by Indianapolis. Wilson’s name often appeared in the first round of Mock Drafts throughout the draft process. He ended up being the third cornerback taken in Friday’s second round. Per Pro Football Focus, Wilson’s quarterback rating allowed last season was 29.9, the lowest for any SEC cornerback.

A capable third cornerback is vital for a defense to survive in the NFL this decade. Is that D’Joun Smith’s role in his second NFL season? The Colts remain optimistic on Smith after some “buzzard luck” shelved him for all but four games of his rookie campaign. A name missing from that trio is 2015 third-round pick D’Joun Smith, the highest draft selection of the guys mentioned above.

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For the first time under Ryan Grigson, the Colts traded down in the NFL Draft. With the No. 65 overall pick, they selected D’Joun Smith, a cornerback from Florida Atlantic. After trading back to the No. 65 pick (the top of the third round), the Colts took Florida Atlantic cornerback D’Joun Smith with their second selection of 2015.

The team elected to waive/injure D’Joun Smith, after knee and ankle injuries limited the second-year corner to just one preseason game (15 snaps) in 2016.

Confidence is a necessity when being on an island at the cornerback position and D’Joun Smith spoke like one on Friday night. Known as an “instinctive” player, Smith was a two-time Conference USA selection highlighted by seven interceptions as a junior. Smith said he “hit it off” with the Colts during a Combine interview and Chuck Pagano was present at the Florida Atlantic Pro Day to watch Smith.

The Colts now have nine cornerbacks remaining on their 74-man roster. Injuries will still play a role in who rounds out that corner group this weekend. Saturday at 4:00 p.m. ET is the deadline for the Colts to cut their roster down to 53.

The Colts started off their 2017 NFL Draft by finding a defensive playmaker

The Colts started off their 2017 NFL Draft by finding a defensive playmaker. Safety Malik Hooker, from Ohio State, was the choice with the 15th overall pick.

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The kid from an hour north of Pittsburgh growing up a Colts fan. It’s not something you hear very often, but that was childhood life for Malik Hooker.

Real life, Malik Hooker was joining the Indianapolis Colts. “I definitely didn’t expect it at all,” Hooker said minutes after the Colts took him with the 15th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The cement was drying on the 2017 draft board in Indianapolis, but Ballard wanted to bring in another prospect for a top-30 draft visit. Had Mock Drafts caught wind of the Colts hosting Ohio State safety Malik Hooker for a draft visit, they probably would have laughed.

But the immediate reactions are in, and the Colts’ selection of Ohio State safety Malik Hooker as the 15th-overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has brought with it an overwhelmingly positive vibe. The due diligence and homework of Ballard paid off when seven offensive players were taken in the top 10 of Thursday’s first round.

We had quite a few inquiries regarding these sorts of questions in Saturday’s mailbag. In short, I have no idea how the Colts will handle the abundance of safeties on the roster. The Colts needed to upgrade their playmaking at safety. Malik Hooker jersey does exactly that. The Colts had eight total interceptions last season in 16 games. Hooker had seven himself in 13 games. Geathers is going to play. He has a presence that you have to have on the field. Maybe this pick means we will see Geathers closer to the line of scrimmage more often. With Butler, the Colts know they have some flexibility, but I still think the veteran voice of his is necessary at the back end of things.

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One thing missing from the Colts last season was playmaking out of the secondary. The Colts ranked 26th in forced turnovers, not creating enough chances for the offense via takeaways. Hooker took three of his seven interceptions back for touchdowns last season. At 6-2 and 205 pounds, Hooker’s ball skills were a major reason why some draft pundits thought he would go in the top-10 of the draft. While Hooker’s tackling is a concern, his coverage ability was a definite strong suit. As Chuck Pagano said, “see ball, get ball” is how the Colts will handle Hooker, offering up an Ed Reed comparison. The Colts will have to wait a bit to see Hooker on the field. Surgery earlier this year for Hooker (hip/groin) will likely keep the first-round pick out of action until Training Camp.

In the weeks (and months) leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft, many pundits agreed that the Indianapolis Colts would pursue a cornerback — they just couldn’t seem to come to a consensus about which prospect would land in Indy.Indianapolis Colts Ladies Metallic Thread Scarf Blue

Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson was the selection at No. 46 overall in Round Two.
So with so much talent on the board at an obvious position of need, the Colts landed on Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson, whom they selected 46th overall.

However much confidence/swagger is needed to play on Sunday’s, new Colts cornerback Quincy Wilson believes he’s got it.

“You got to have the confidence to play this position and I feel like I definitely have that and that’s why I make the plays that I make,” Wilson said after the Colts selected him at No. 46 overall on Friday night.

From a sheer immediate need standpoint, the pick of Wilson was higher on the list than that of Hooker, when talking strictly about 2017 and the state of the current roster.