Five more Indianapolis Colts draft selections came to terms on their rookie contracts Thursday and Friday.
One day after the Colts closed the deal on center Ryan Kelly, their first-round pick, they did the same Thursday with defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway, offensive tackle Joe Haeg, linebacker Trevor Bates and center Austin Blythe. On Friday, the Colts added linebacker Antonio Morrison.
Ridgeway and Morrison were drafted in the fourth round, Haeg in the fifth and Bates and Blythe in the seventh round.
The Colts began their three-day rookie camp Friday at the team complex.
Here is team-released background info on the four rookies who agreed to their contracts in the past two days.
Morrison, 6-1 and 232 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the fourth round (125th overall). A four-year starter, he totaled 294 tackles (126 solo), 21.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception at Florida.
In 2015, Morrison was a Butkus Award Semifinalist and a unanimous First Team All-SEC selection as a senior after starting all 14 games and leading the team in tackles for the second straight year with 103 (42 solo). He added 2.5 sacks, one pass defensed and one forced fumble en route to becoming the first Florida player to post back-to-back 100-tackle seasons since 1992-93. In 2014, Morrison earned Second Team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches, The Associated Press and Phil Steele after leading the Gators with 101 tackles (30 solo), 1.0 sack, one forced fumble and one interception. He was also a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and was named to the 2012 SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman Team while in Gainesville.
Ridgeway, 6-3 and 314 pounds, was selected in the fourth round (116th overall). He appeared in 36 games (18 starts) at Texas and totaled 92 tackles (58 solo), 9.5 sacks, one pass defensed and two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown).
In 2015, Ridgeway played in 11 games (eight starts) and totaled 36 tackles (24 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and a team-leading two fumble recoveries. He earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors and was named a First Team All-Big 12 choice by ESPN.com.
Haeg, 6-6 and 304 pounds, was selected in the fifth round (155th overall). He was a four-year starter and helped lead North Dakota State to the NCAA Division I FCS National Championship all five years he was a member of the program. Haeg was a First Team All-America choice in 2014 and 2015 as the former walk-on saw action at both the right and left tackle spots during his collegiate career with the Bison. A 60-game starter, he garnered numerous honors throughout his time at North Dakota State, including being named to the 2015 Walter Camp FCS All-America Team, 2015 STATS All-America first-team and receiving an invite to the 2016 Senior Bowl.
As a senior in 2015, Haeg started all 15 games at left tackle and graded out at 91 percent during the regular season with 45 knockdowns in 11 games. He anchored an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks (1.07 per game) and tackles for loss (4.20 per game) in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Bates, 6-2 and 245 pounds, was selected in the seventh round (239th overall). He appeared in 46 games at Maine and finished with 207 tackles (106 solo), 19.0 sacks, 10 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). Bates garnered various honors over his collegiate career including the team’s most valuable player, CFPA National Defensive Lineman of the Week, Second Team All-CAA, Third Team All-CAA, All-CAA Academic Honors and CAA Defensive Player of the Week.
In 2015, he played in 11 games for the Black Bears and totaled 57 tackles (31 solo), 7.5 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery (returned for a touchdown).
Blythe, 6-2 and 291 pounds, was selected in the seventh round (248th overall). He started 51-of-52 career games as a four-year starter at Iowa.
In 2015, Blythe helped bolster a Hawkeye offensive line that allowed the team to start the season 12-0 and earn a spot in the Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl games. He was one of three finalists for the Rimington Award, given annually to the nation’s top center, after starting all 14 games as a senior captain. Blythe was an All-America third-team selection by The Associated Press and Athlon Sports, an All-America fourth-team choice by Phil Steele and earned All-America honorable mention accolades from SI.com. He was also a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree by the league’s coaches and media, The Associated Press and Phil Steele.
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