The NFL draft concluded Saturday with the Indianapolis Colts adding a couple of players who could need time to develop.
The Colts selected Georgia inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera in the sixth round with the 207th overall pick. Then they drafted Mars Hill offensive tackle Denzelle Good in the seventh round with the next-to-last pick, 255th overall.
Herrera, 6-1 and 244, is regarded for his smarts and instincts as well as being a fierce competitor with an extended motor. But some evaluations mention his struggles with plays that quickly change direction, and question his ability to make impact plays.
He joins a team that would appear to be set at inside linebacker with Jerrell Freeman and D’Qwell Jackson as returning starters and Nate Irving signed in free agency to bolster the run defense. Former CFL star Henoc Muamba returns for his second season after playing special teams last year.
If Herrera can’t earn a backup role, he’ll need to excel at special teams to make the final roster. Some analysts suggest his need for development could land him on the practice squad.
The same outlook is also offered on Good, 6-7 and 320, who initially played in college at N.C. State before transferring to Mars Hill.
His evaluation mentions physically imposing skill as a run blocker, but he’s also reportedly lacking in foot speed and agility.
That the Colts didn’t draft an offensive tackle early on, as had been projected in many mock drafts, suggests they’re confident offensive right tackle Gosder Cherilus will bounce back from a 2014 season lessened by injuries.
Left tackle Anthony Castonzo is the team’s best blocker and is entering a contract year. The team re-signed Joe Reitz, who can play tackle or guard, and also added Todd Herremans, who has started at both positions in his 11-year NFL career.
Ulrick John, a seventh-round pick last year, spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a right leg injury. He returns to try to earn a backup spot.
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