Colts’ draft: a pick-by-pick breakdown
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A capsule look at the Indianapolis Colts’ 10-player haul from the NFL Draft:
ROUND 2 (34 overall, from NY Jets)
Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
- About Ya-Sin: Spent three seasons at Presbyterian College before transferring to Temple for the 2018 season. Appeared in 12 games for Owls in ’18 and finished with 47 tackles and 12 passes defensed. Awarded a single-digit jersey at Temple given out to one of nine of the team’s toughest players.
- Chris Ballard on Ya-Sin: “Rock was outstanding at the Senior Bowl and he was great all year. You watch the University of Buffalo game and they got a good quarterback and a good wideout and he played great and he played great at the Senior Bowl and then you just stack on his character, his competitiveness, his will to win. It just fit us.’’
ROUND 2 (49 overall, from Cleveland)
Ben Banogu, LB/DE, TCU
- About Banogu: Transferred to TCU after two seasons at Louisiana-Monroe. Sat out 2016, then started 27 games at TCU. Compiled 106 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks and five forced fumbles.
- Ballard on Banogu: “Look, Ben is an intriguing athlete. We will probably start him out at Sam, but saying that, we also think he has got a lot of rush to him. I hate comparing names, but when Jamie Collins came out of Southern Miss, I saw the same type of athletic talent and I think when you watch the Senior Bowl, I mean he did some impressive things. We think he has got a lot of versatility and his speed and athleticism and ability to run down quarterbacks is important in this league.’’
ROUND 2 (59 overall)
Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
- About Campbell: Played in 48 games with 38 starts. Finished with 143 receptions, 1,768 yards and 15 touchdowns. Truly burst on the national scene as a senior with 90 catches, 1,063 yards and 12 TDs. Clocked the fastest time in the 40-yard dash among wideouts at the NFL Scouting Combine (4.31).
- Frank Reich on Campbell: “There were several guys, (but) Parris was the one guy that really jumped off the tape to me. Just his explosiveness. Playing in the lot, you can see all the things he can do, but I really saw some abilities in him that I thought translate and make him not just a slot receiver that you can do a lot of different things with. He will come in and will have to earn his stripes, but certainly excited about his ability and his character.’’
ROUND 3 (89 overall)
Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
- About Okereke: Compiled 240 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and one interception during career. Was named team captain as a senior and contributed 96 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and five passes defensed.
- Okereke on Okereke: “I’ll obviously come in as a guy who can play on all four special teams and then just be a fast, athletic guy that can compete and just play wherever I’m needed. . . . I just felt really comfortable (meeting) with them. They kept telling me, ‘We want you to be a Colt. We love you. We love your play style. We think we would fit well with you.’ I’m excited that they pulled the trigger.’’
ROUND 4 (109 overall, from Oakland)
Khari Willis, S, Michigan State
- About Willis: Started 30 of 46 games for Spartans and voted team captain in 2018. Finished with 196 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 4 interceptions and 20 passes defensed. As a senior, had 84 tackles, 2 interceptions and 10 passes defensed.
- Willis on fitting in Colts’ defense: “I think it fits me and suits me well. Based on what they like to do, playing in the dime packages and stuff like that. I think that will help me because at Michigan State I played nickel, I played in the box, I blitzed a lot off the edge, up the middle and did a lot of things like that. I think they saw that as well, saw my versatility and thought they could play me at one of those three spots.’’
ROUND 5 (144 overall, from Cleveland)
Marvell Tell III, CB, USC
- About Tell: Was primarily a safety during a 37-game career at USC, but Colts view him as a possible NFL corner. He’s 6-2, 195 pounds. Recorded 164 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions and 8 passes defensed. Served as team captain as a senior. Also a likely special teams contributor.
- Tell on likely switch from safety to corner: “I played corner in high school and worked on my cover skills a little bit as a safety in college. Nothing foreign to me at all. (Projected by NFL as a corner) Yeah, because I’m a lean safety so a lot of guys wondering if I can play corner, especially with that new wave of longer corners in the league. (The Colts) were one of the main ones talking about it.’’
ROUND 5 (164 overall)
E.J Speed, LB, Tarleton State
- About Speed: Played in 35 games and collected 231 tackles, 36 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 8 forced fumbles and 10 passes defensed. Appeared in 12 games as a senior and finished with 106 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.
- Speed on legal troubles last year: Speed was arrested in 2018 for two felony counts of organized criminal activity stemming from an alleged credit card scam. Charges were dismissed.
- “It was just something that me and a lot of guys learned from and just distancing myself from guys not going in the same direction as me. That’s pretty much (all I’m going to say) on the legal issue. It wasn’t really an issue in my recruiting. We talked about football most of the time. (Won’t happen again?) No, definitely not. Definitely no second stumbles.’’
ROUND 6 (199 overall)
Gerri Green, DE, Mississippi State
- About Green: Started 27 of 52 games at Mississippi State. Compiled 161 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 3 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles. Named a 2018 team captain. Started all 13 games as a senior and contributed 31 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
- Green on coming from a defense that featured Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons and what makes him special as well: “Just the way I take the game. I come out ready to work every day, ready to work every game. My effort, I give my all every snap. It’s just how I play, how I always play and how I plan to continue to play. (Role with Colts?) I worked out as a linebacker, but that helps me with the versatility that I do bring, able to play different spots on the defense.’’
ROUND 7 (240 overall)
Jackson Barton, OT, Utah
- About Barton: Started 29 of 53 games and appeared in every game after redshirting as a freshman. Selected first-team All-Pac-12 as a senior. Started final two seasons at left tackle.
- Barton on joining ‘tough’ culture on Colts’ offensive line: “If you’re an offensive lineman, you have to be tough. I really attribute that to the last couple of years, working on my toughness in this game. I feel like it paid off and I’m just reaping the rewards right now. I’m excited to get out there with my future teammates.’’
ROUND 7 (246 overall, from Philadelphia)
Javon Patterson, C, Ole Miss
- About Patterson: Finished career making 36 consecutive starts, including 12 as a senior at both guard spots. Started at left guard when team set school records for total offense (826 yards) and passing yards (517) against ULM.
- Patterson on Patterson: “I bring a physicality and the mental (aspect). Throughout college I was a durable player, was able to play all four years. My biggest thing is being quick and powerful. I use that to my advantage. (Notice Colts’ aggressiveness on O-line?) Oh, for sure. I love that mentality, man. I think when you get a group of guys that have that contagious energy, you can be very dangerous.’’
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