Colts Add Former Top Prospect

The Indianapolis Colts signed former Clemson receiver Roscoe Crosby Thursday afternoon following the NFL Supplemental Draft despite his absence from football for almost three years.

The 22-year old receiver who once hoped to be a two-sport professional player like Deion Sanders entered Thursday's NFL Supplemental Draft but wasn't selected.

But after the draft, the Colts found themselves competing against 6-8 teams for Crosby's services as an undrafted free agent. Amongst the teams reportedly showing interest were the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Giants.

And although Crosby initially said that he and his advisor would look at the deals from the teams and make a decision on Friday, the Colts emerged with the contract before the end of the afternoon.

"This is a great chance for me to go learn from some great players, like Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, and then also to catch passes from Peyton Manning", said Crosby from his home in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Colts reportedly set the wheels in motion prior to Thursday's draft, contacting Crosby's advisors early in the morning and reinforcing why the Colts would be the right place for Crosby to develop his skills. The pitch evidently sunk in as his he and his advisors reportedly took less than an hour to decide that the opportunity to work with the Colts' veteran wide receiver corps would be a huge asset to his future success.

Crosby isn't the prototypical selection by the Colts, as he lost his academic eligibility and didn't graduate from Clemson, so his acquisition is a bit of a surprise. But he had a number of factors that added unusual stress to his life during that time in his life, and those close to him point to the fact that through it all he remained a very high quality person -- an attribute that does match up well with the Colts.

The 6'2, 218-pound receiver was a top-ten prospect in both football and baseball coming out of high school. But despite catching 27 passes as a pure freshman for Clemson on the football field, it was his baseball talent that first garnered the attention of the pros.

The Kansas City Royals drafted him in round two of the 2001 draft. He signed a $1.75 million deal with them that year. But injuries hindered his career with the Royals, and he had elbow surgery that kept him from returning to Clemson for his sophomore season. He did return to Clemson briefly for his junior year but played in just one game before leaving due to family issues. Over a two-year span he lost a brother in a drowning incident and three close friends who in a car accident.

During a personal workout on July 1st that was attended by scouts from 17 teams, Crosby posted 4.4 and 4.5 times in the 40 yard dash.

Crosby is expected to arrive in Indianapolis on Friday for a physical and to finalize his contract.

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