In Focus: A Closer Look at Brockington

Why would the Colts bring in Cornell Brockington for a visit? ColtPower takes a closer look at his skill set to figure out the attraction.

After being overlooked for the Combine, Cornell Brockington still got a chance to make a trip to Indy, but this time it was solely for the Colts to get a closer look at him. What's driving Indy's interest in him?

Well, Brockington is good at selling the play-action pass, which is essential to the success of the Colts passing game. He also provides decent blocking, something that Chris Polian, Colts Vice President of Football Operations, insisted is essential for a running back to play in the Colts system.

"Blocking ability is a must," he recently told Colts.com writer John Oehser. "In this day and age, with the complexity of defenses we see, it is inevitable that at some point, the running back is going to have to protect against the blitz."

Brockington is also a runner who will wait for the hole to develop behind his blockers. Unlike Dominic Rhodes who prefers to burst through the line, Brockington is a bit more patient, giving the Colts another running style in their mix if they add them to their training camp roster at the end of this month.

Receiving out of the backfield hasn't been something that Brockington has been counted on heavily to date, so that's an area where he would have to prove his skills to the Colts. His relatively short college career would also likely translate into a bit more raw of a talent in comparison to some other backs, but that can actually be a good thing with proper coaching from a seasoned coach like the Colts' Gene Huey. Sometimes it's easier to refine a player with good talent than to break a more developed one of bad habits.

We'll have more on Brockington and his visit to Indy in an upcoming feature, including a Q&A exclusive for our ColtPower Insiders.


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