Indy inked their first three draft picks over the last couple of days leaving them with five left to get under contract before camp starts on Sunday. The guys they signed are:
Brody Eldridge – TE – 5th Round (Oklahoma)
The 265 pound Eldridge is considered to be more of a throwback style tight end as he is much more comfortable as a run blocker than as a pass catcher. In a team with as many options in the passing game as the Colts have however there is certainly a role for him to fill playing to those strengths. He is the tallest and heaviest TE on the roster, and at 6’5 if the coaching staff can develop his skills as a receiver he would be an excellent red zone target for Manning to have available.
Kavell Connor – LB – 7th Round (Clemson)
Connor is an undersized outside linebacker who got through a mountain of work at Clemson with 263 tackles as a two year starter. He is a guy who can make plays when put in the right situations and will compete for the back up weakside ‘backer spot initially. Also expect him to be used a ton on special teams early in his Colts career.
Ray Fisher – CB – 7th Round (Indiana)
Though listed as a CB Fisher is expected to be one of the players competing to help a Colts return game that was awful last year. The former Hoosier averaged over 36 yards per return over his Indiana career which included two kickoff returns for TDs. As a local university product he will have plenty of support at camp to find a niche and claim a roster spot.