Scouting the Colts UDFA’s

Posted on May 13 2014 - 2:21am by Luke Schultheis
(Image Courtesy of Big Blue! Delaware's Zach Kerr was widely viewed as a small school sleeper in pre-draft evaluations. He's a big body and could be the backup at nosetackle to projected starter Josh Chapman.

(Image Courtesy of Big Blue Hen! Delaware’s Zach Kerr was widely viewed as a small school sleeper in pre-draft evaluations. He’s a big body and could be the backup at nosetackle to projected starter Josh Chapman.

The Colts have signed the following undrafted free agents with the draft now concluded. Teams will typically scramble and compete among one another for certain coveted prospects. Glancing over the list, there appears to be quite a few intriguing prospects. Everyone likes an underdog, so we can’t help but root for them! We did our best to dig up any and all available research for your convenience:

Anthony Baskin, CB, Carson-Newman…(5-11, 199 lbs, 4.57)

Anthony Brown, LB, Memphis…”(6-3, 240 lbs, 4.84)…2012 CC Transfer who started all 12 games and ranked second on the team in tackles in his first year with the team. Instinctive run defender with size and range.” –Derek Stephens, 

Qua Cox, CB, Jacksonville State…”(6-0, 185 lbs, 4.56)…The quiet assassin, Cox leads by actions, not words. He is a true man-to-man cornerback, possessing the ability to shut down an opponent’s best wide receiver as well as his side of the field. He has an aggressive style and 10 career interceptions, although Southwestern Athletic Conference quarterbacks have come to stop throwing the ball his way. The all-conference first-team selection helped Jackson State reach the SWAC Championship Game as a junior with a conference-leading five interceptions. Cox, from Tuskegee, Ala., works out in the summers with his brother, James Patrick, who plays in the Canadian Football League.” –The Sports Network

(Image Courtesy of USAToday)- Ohio State's Marcus Hall is remembered more for flipping the bird than mauling defensive lineman. However, he was a quality offensive lineman for the Buckeyes and a former teammate of Colts' second round pick, OL Jack Mewhort.

(Image Courtesy of USAToday)- “Hall” of Fame or Shame? Ohio State’s Marcus Hall is remembered more for flipping the bird, but he was a quality offensive lineman for the Buckeyes and a former teammate of Colts’ second round pick, OL Jack Mewhort.

Marcus Hall, OL, Ohio State…”(6-5, 315 lbs, 5.18)…A physically impressive blocker, Halls enters his third year as a starter on the Buckeyes offensive line and is expected to man the right guard spot for Ohio State in 2013. He has been up-and-down over his career, but has steadily improved and reportedly looked leaner and meaner this spring after losing 15 pounds, showing improved ball movement skills. If Hall takes another step forward during his senior season, the NFL will be a real possibility for him.” –Dane Brugler, 

“But Hall might be best known for making an obscene gesture toward Michigan fans after becoming involved in a second-quarter skirmish between the rivals in November in Ann Arbor, Mich. Hall was ejected.” –The Columbus Dispatch 




Jordan Harris, WR, Bryant…”(6-0, 212 lbs, 4.65)…To grasp Harris’ playmaking ways, consider this: He averaged an eye-popping 20.4 yards per reception last year, yet was down nearly two and a half yards from his sophomore campaign in 2011. A former Bryant basketball player, Harris is an athletic receiver who catches nearly every pass thrown his way, whether it be in single or double coverage, and then tacks on yards after the catch with breakaway speed.” –The Sports Network 

“2012 NEC Offensive Player of the Year…Harris had a season unlike any NEC receiver in the past seven years. In fact, only one man ever -Saint Francis’ Michael Caputo in 2005- gained more receiving yards in a single season than Harris did in 2012. The 5-foot-11 junior made 61 receptions for 1,243 yards and 15 touchdowns. All three of those marks ranked first amongst NEC leaders. Harris became only by the sixth man in NEC history to produced a 1,000-yard receiving season as his 1,243 yards are second only to Caputo’s 1,433 in the league’s single-season record book. Harris’ 20.4 yards per catch average was actually a dip from the astronomical.” –NEC Football 

(Image Courtesy of Mlive)- This is Sparta! DE Tyler Hoover was a solid defensive lineman for Michigan State. He'd boost the defensive line depth for the Colts.

(Image Courtesy of Mlive)- This is Sparta! DE Tyler Hoover was a solid defensive lineman for Michigan State. He’d boost the defensive line depth for the Colts.

Tyler Hoover, DE, Michigan State…”(6-6, 292, 5.08)…Big, physical 6th-year DT who had an impressive sophomore campaign (2010) when he posted 3 sacks in nine starts, but has since struggled to stay on the field after missing all but one game of the 2011 season with a broken rib. Started three games last year.” –Derek Stephens,

“Positive: Started 10 games as a senior posting 31 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. Hard-working space eater in the middle of the line with limited physical skills. Quick off the snap, fires through the open gaps of the offensive line, and chases hard. Focused on by opponents, keeps his feet moving, and tough to move off the point. Negative: Tends to play tall and makes himself an easy target. Heavy legged and not a playmaker. Must develop more moves with his hands. Analysis: Hoover’s size and growth potential are enticing but he must develop his game to make it out of camp this summer.” –

Zach Kerr, DT, Delaware…”(6’1, 326 lbs, 5.06)…STRENGTHS: Wide-bodied with thick hips, core strength and a powerful upper body. Carries his weight well with fluid lateral movements to make plays away from the line of scrimmage. Coordinated feet and collects himself well when changing directions. Heavy, active hands to shock blockers and finish tackles, always trying to rip the ball out. Nice job using his long arms to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage. Keeps his head on a swivel with good ball awareness and vision. High effort and intensity player, playing through the whistle. Takes pride in his finishing ability. Mature and humble. Dedicated team leader and hard worker during the week, pushing himself in the weight room and on the practice field. Versatile experience lining up all over the defensive line, mostly at the 0- and 1-technique spots. WEAKNESSES: Good pursuit skills, but lacks ideal range to routinely chase down ballcarriers. Pops upright and struggles with leverage. Often finds himself straight-legged and on his heels. Needs to consistently extend at the point of attack to control blocks and stay a step ahead of blockers. Possesses long arms, just doesn?t always use them correctly. Tends to fatigue easily and will wear himself out with his motor. Allowed himself to become academically ineligible and was forced to transfer from Maryland. Clever football player, but needs to prove he has NFL smarts. Most of his experience has come vs. a lower level of competition at the FCS level, not starting any games in his two seasons at Maryland. OVERALL: Kerr is built well for the position with the natural power to match, but needs to show better knee bend and play with leverage to maximize his ability. He is a bully in the middle with the strength to anchor and motor to disrupt the pocket, but is more apt to throw elbows than properly extend and use his hands. Kerr can two-gap and is scheme versatile and will likely attract the most attention from 3-4 defenses looking for depth at nose tackle.”–Dane Brugler,

Seth Lobato, QB, Northern Colorado…”(6-5, 229 lbs, 4.92)…Has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference for the 2013 college football season by the Big Sky head coaches.” –Big Sky Football 

(Image Courtesy of CBSSports)- X Marks the Spot! Cuse's Keon Lyn could take departed Cassius Vaughn's old spot on the active roster.

(Image Courtesy of CBSSports)- X Marks the Spot! Cuse’s Keon Lyn could take departed ex-Colt, Cassius Vaughn’s old spot on the active roster at DB.

Keon Lyn, CB, Syracuse…”(6-0, 196, 4.56)…The team-leader with three interceptions last season, Lyn has average size and speed and doesn’t particularly stand out on tape.” –Dane Brugler

Positive: Three-year starter who played in just five games last season before fracturing a knee. Finished the year with 16 tackles. Junior totals included 46 tackles and 3 interceptions. Underrated defensive back with the size and speed to play at the next level. Aggressive, explosive, and fights throughout the action. Quick flipping his hips transitioning off the line, strong at the point, and physically beats down receivers to defend passes. Defeats blocks and quickly makes his way up the field to stop the run. Negative: Despite his 40-time. does not show great closing speed. Can be a liability in downfield coverage. Quick out of his backpedal, which adversely affects his ability to break to the ball. Analysis: Lyn passes the eyeball test and came into the season with a draftable grade before his injury. He possesses the measurables to make a roster at the next level but must first prove he’s healthy then polish every area of his game.” –

Dewey McDonald, S, California (PA)…”(6-0, 220 lbs, 4.43)…Positive: Fairmont State transfer who lead California-Pa with 89 tackles last season while also intercepting 3 passes and breaking up 8 more. Strong, up the field defensive back best facing the action. Plays with a nasty attitude, attacks ball handlers and constantly around the action. Quick up the field, works to get off blocks and effective defending the run. Relatively instinctive and quickly diagnoses the action. Occasionally plays over the slot receiver and remains disciplined with assignments. Keeps the action in front of him, effectively tracks the pass and does not make mental mistakes. Solid special-teams player who forces the action on coverage units. Negative: Does not explode to the play out of his plant and shows limited quickness in his game. Average recovery and deep speed. Not a stout tackler. Analysis: McDonald was a consistent force on the college level and projects as a traditional strong safety/zone defensive back at the next level. Effective on coverage units in college, special teams will be his ticket to the next level.” –

Greg Moore, WR, Lane…”(6-3 1/8, 200 lbs, 4.56)”

Nnamdi Obukwelu, DL, Harvard…”(6-1, 295 lbs, 5.01)”

(Image Courtesy of UBBulls)- Thurman Thomas? Not quite, but Branden Oliver was a rushing force for the University of Buffalo, breaking his own school records.

(Image Courtesy of UBBulls)- Thurman Thomas? Not quite, but Buffalo’s Branden Oliver was a rushing force for the Bulls, breaking his own set school records.

Branden Oliver, RB, Buffalo…”(5-7, 208 lbs, 4.62)…RB Branden Oliver was a first team all-MAC pick after breaking his own school record with 1,421 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has 3,935 career rushing yards.” –The Sports Xchange

“Oliver is a short and compact downhill runner. He runs with great pad level and forward lean, which allows him to pinball off of defenders and get lots of yards after initial contact. He doesn’t shy away from contact, always looking to finish his runs and fight for the tough extra yards. Don’t let his tenacity fool you though. He’s just as proficient to run around defenders as he is to run through them. Oliver has a great stutter step and spin move. Can stop and start on a dime. He has the patience to let plays develop and let the holes open up in front of him. He is very explosive to and through the hole. He gets downhill in a hurry, making one cut, planting his foot and exploding up field. He also excels receiving the ball (38 rec, 365 yards, 9.6 ypc) out of the backfield, especially in the screen game.” – 

Cody Parkey, PK, Auburn…”(6-0, 189 lbs)…”STRENGTHS:  Three-year starter in the SEC. Converted multiple game-winning field goals and has shown he can handle pressure. Efficient squib kicker. Works at his craft and takes the game seriously. WEAKNESSES: Average rise and hang-time on kickoffs — lines the ball with limited lift. Long-range distance is shaky and struggles converting beyond 50. Non-factor in coverage. DRAFT PROJECTION: Priority free agent. BOTTOM LINE: Three-by-two, soccer-style kicker with enough leg strength to warrant a chance in a camp, though he must prove he can more consistently handle kicking accurately from greater depths to earn a job.” –Nolan Nawrocki,

Eric Pike, OL, Towson…”(6-4, 310 lbs, 5.28)…Another consensus first team All-American selection at tackle, Pike is a two-year co-captain who has set a school record by appearing in 49 career games. A starter in all 49 games of his college career, Pike has been a valuable leader on the Tigers’ offensive line. He has been named as an All-CAA first team selection twice. Harris, a three-year starter at right tackle, has also been named as an All-CAA first team honoree the last two seasons.” –Towson Football 

Positive: Decorated college lineman who’s been a four-year starter at left tackle. Quick off the snap, starts with good knee bend, and stays square. Fights with his hands, explosive and keeps his head on a swivel. Negative: Cannot adjust to oncoming defenders. Struggles handling speed rushers or shutting down the blitz. Lacks footwork in space, not light on his feet, and on the ground too much. Analysis: Pike lacks great movement skills and athleticism but has the ability to line up at multiple offensive line positions (guard/tackle), which gives him an opportunity to make a roster as a backup.” – 

Darius Polk, CB, Kent State…”(5-11, 189 lbs, 4.52)…Polk claimed All-MAC Second Team honors as a defensive back. The team’s top cover corner, Polk was matched up against outstanding receivers throughout the year, including 3 of the 10 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalists. He led the Flashes with seven pass breakups and was fourth on the team with 60 tackles.” –Kent State Football 

Swoope, there it is! Miami Hurricanes' basketball player, Erik Swoope, is trading in the hightops for cleats, hoping to make the conversion to an NFL tight end.

(Image Courtesy of FoxsSports)-Swoope, there it is! Former Miami Hurricanes’ basketball player, Erik Swoope, is trading in the hightops for cleats, hoping to make the conversion to an NFL tight end.

Erik Swoope, TE, Miami (Fla.)…(6-5, 220 lbs, N/a)…Swoope was a four-year basketball player for the Hurricanes at forward, where he averaged 5.0 ppg and 2.7 rpg his senior season. He has never played organized football, but is hoping to convert to an NFL tight end.







Eric Thomas, WR, Troy…”(6-1, 216 lbs, 4.53)…Thomas is the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader with 28 career touchdown receptions. The native of Shreveport, La., caught 66 passes for 993 yards during his senior season and finished the year ranked 10th nationally after pulling down 12 touchdown receptions. He led the country at one point in the season with a touchdown reception in eight straight games. Thomas finished his Troy career ranked third all-time in school history with 197 receptions, third with 2,655 career receiving yards and second with his 28 touchdown receptions. His totals are good for fifth all-time in Sun Belt history in catches and fourth in receiving yards.” –Troy Football

“The 6-1, 209-pound Thomas has had a knack for making highlight-reel touchdown catches, including one late in a wild 55-48 loss to Tennessee last season. On that play, Thomas beat a Vols cornerback inside on a post route, avoided a hit from a charging safety, tipped the ball to himself, then caught it and raced another 50 yards for a TD. So, his hands are not an issue. Thomas is not a burner, nor is he going to dominate in the air against NFL cornerbacks. But he has been a very steady, reliable pass-catcher, and some pro teams may take notice over the next few months.” –Chris Burke, 

Image Courtesy of CBSSports)- Tip-ping the scales! Central Michigan's Zurlon Tipton more resembles an NFL fullback than halfback, but the big bodied runningback can move.

(Image Courtesy of CBSSports)- Tip-ping the scales! Central Michigan’s Zurlon Tipton more resembles an NFL fullback than halfback, but the big bodied runningback can move.

Zurlon Tipton, RB, Central Michigan…”(6-0, 223 lbs, 4.70)…Excellent size for the position. Showed excellent determination in returning from season-opening broken ankle in 2013 to play by November when most expected he would seek a medical redshirt. Relishes the underdog role despite coming from a smaller program. Credited with a 4.70-second 40-yard dash at his March 5 pro day, which more resembles NFL fullbacks than running backs. After 1,492 rushing yards and 19 scores as a junior, Tipton’s senior season as cut short due to a broken ankle in the season opener, but he simply produces when healthy.” –Dane Brugler,

STRENGTHS: Outstanding size. Runs hard with good vision and feel for blocking schemes. Decisive in the hole. Can stick his foot in the dirt and go. Good balance, strength and power to push the pile. Brandishes some power in his stiff arm and can churn through contact. Strong short-yardage runner. Does not go down easy. Functional pass protector. Reliable hands. Very good career productivity. Outstanding weight-room strength. WEAKNESSES: High-cut and runs tall, leaving his body susceptible to injury. Not elusive and lacks top-end burst and finishing speed. Very immature early in career and could still stand to improve focus and concentration. Limited special teams experience. Long-term durability is a concern, given injury history (foot, ankle, wrist and leg injuries dating back to high school). DRAFT PROJECTION: Priority free agent. BOTTOM LINE: Strong, physical, upright, inside zone runner with solid all-around skills. Missed much of senior season with a broken ankle injury and long-term durability could remain a question in the pros, given his tight hips and hard-running style. Has the size and competitiveness to earn a complementary role.” –Nolan Nawrocki, 

Chomping at the bit! Despite some off the field troubles, the Gators' Loucheiz Purifoy is a raw, yet athletic DB, who could challenge for a spot on the active roster.

(Image Courtesy of CBSSports)-Chomping at the bit! Despite some off the field troubles, the Gators’ Loucheiz Purifoy is a raw, yet extremely athletic DB, who could challenge for a spot on the Colts’ active roster.

Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida…”(5-11, 190 lbs, 4.55)…”Purifoy remains an intriguing but raw athlete who has split time at receiver, corner and returner for the Gators. While Purifoy is considered by some a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type” –Rob Rang,

“Purifoy is a physical tackler vs. the run and won’t back down, but he needs to do a better job breaking down on the move to finish after contact. He is a talented athlete, but needs a lot of technique work to survive as an outside cornerback in the NFL, tending to freelance too much with an undisciplined, wild style. Purifoy was used all over the Florida secondary this season, seeing time at both inside and outside cornerback, as well as, safety. He also saw playing time on offense, practicing at wide receiver and starting the Tennessee game in the offensive backfield as a running back. There are questions regarding his best position at the next level because at this point in his development, he’s more of an athlete than fundamentally sound cornerback. But he is a gifted player with intriguing skills, showing that vs. Arkansas on a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown. Purifoy does have a good amount of experience on special teams coverage too, blocking a punt against Miami earlier in the season. Purifoy has some off-the-field concerns that will need to be investigated by NFL teams. The junior was suspended for the 2013 season opener for a violation of team rules and he was also cited this past February for marijuana possession, although that charge was later dropped.” –Dane Brugler,

“STRENGTHS: Outstanding athleticism. Nice length, speed and fluidity. Light on his feet. Transitions smoothly. Can flip his hips and carry receivers deep. Flashes playmaking ability. Good hands to intercept. Tries to strip the ball out. Has special-teams experience returning and covering kicks — was productive as a gunner earlier in his career. Conditioned, confident and competitive. Has upside. WEAKNESSES: Needs to get functionally stronger to jam/re-route and shed blocks. Gives up separation at the break point and gets outmuscled at the catch point. Inconsistent, leaky, underpowered tackler. Instincts and anticipation are lacking. Technique needs to be coached up — opens the gate and gets beat off the snap. Leaves production on the field — in position, but doesn’t make the play. Questionable tackle and ball production — registered just 24 tackles as a junior and logged just 12 PBUs and two INTs from 2012-13. Marginal run strength as a returner. Shared reps as a junior. BOTTOMLINE: Lean, fluid, fast, finesse cover man whose raw physical ability and testing numbers belie frustratingly uneven performance. Has starter-caliber athleticism and will buoy his stock when the stopwatches come out, but poor instincts, tackling and tape are reasons for pause.”          –Nolan Nawrocki, 



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