How Did The Colts Rookies Perform During The Spring Offseason Program?

How Did The Colts Rookies Perform During The Spring Offseason Program?

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How Did The Colts Rookies Perform During The Spring Offseason Program?

With the Colts offseason program in the books, here’s a look at how the rookies have performed during the spring OTAs and mini-camp.

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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a group that will not be counted on for as significant duty as last year’s haul.

The Colts 2019 draft class does not offer a crystal clear look as to definite guys that will be needed to contribute early and often.

In April, the Colts took 10 guys in the NFL Draft.

How did those rookies look in the spring offseason program?

  • CB-Rock Ya-Sin (Round 2): It took until the final week of the offseason program before we saw Ya-Sin earn some starting reps in the nickel package. With Quincy Wilson out due to a thumb injury, Ya-Sin looked like a guy holding his own alongside Pierre Desir and Kenny Moore. Ya-Sin and Wilson competing to round out that nickel corner trio is a competition that can be seen at Grand Park.
  • LB-Ben Banogu (Round 2): With the early ‘position switch’ for Banogu back to defensive end, the TCU product was running with the reserves for the vast majority of the spring. Banogu brings a skillset that the Colts want to use on third down. That’s a given. But where exactly they use that and how much they do remains to be seen.
  • WR-Parris Campbell (Round 2): Along with testing Campbell out at punt returner, the Colts focused on slot wide receiver duties for the Ohio State product this spring. Campbell didn’t make a ton of plays with the starting offense, but his playmaking is better suited for live tackling settings when he can truly showcase that make you miss ability. Chester Rogers and Campbell are the team’s top two slot wideouts.
  • LB-Bobby Okereke (Round 3): The Stanford linebacker is knocking on the door of some serious playing time as a rookie. While Okereke will face a big challenge to fully supplant Anthony Walker at the MIKE position, the rookie brings some key traits the Colts want on passing downs. In the spring, Okereke was often running alongside Walker as a starting nickel linebacker, as Darius Leonard sat out due to a spring ankle procedure.
  • S-Khari Willis (Round 4): Even though Willis is clearly a favorite of the Colts scouting staff, he didn’t receive a ton of prominent looks in the handful of open sessions to the media. Clayton Geathers missed the entire spring, but the Colts pretty much rotated three other safeties in the first and second team looks (Malik Hooker, George Odum, Matthias Farley), with veteran Derrick Kindred and returnee Rolan Milligan also pushing for reps.
  • CB-Marvell Tell III (Round 5): The height of Tell (6-2) is the first thing you immediately notice when seeing him work with the cornerback group. Some injuries at corner late in the spring opened up action for Tell against the first-team offense. Tell is in arguably the deepest position group on the roster so he needs to establish a role on special teams.
  • LB-EJ Speed (Round 5): Speed took advantage of an injury to Darius Leonard, which sidelined him all spring. The Tarleton State linebacker climbed into some early ‘starting’ WILL linebacker reps, before setting into more of a reserve role as the spring went along. He still needs to be a presence on special teams to firmly secure a roster spot.
  • DE-Gerri Green (Round 6): Green is part of an extremely deep defensive line group, one that appears to have added Ben Banogu. Just purely off numbers, it’s going to be hard for Green to secure a roster spot. In the spring, Green didn’t really appear to be in the top 5 or 6 defensive end mix.
  • OT-Jackson Barton (Round 7): From the few glances at the offensive line depth this spring, it didn’t look like Barton had climbed into second-team run just yet. The 4-game suspension to reserve tackle Antonio Garcia does bolster Barton’s chances of making the final roster though.
  • C/G-Javon Patterson (Round 7): Unfortunately, a torn ACL during the offseason program has Patterson on injured reserve for his rookie season.
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