ColtPower Quick Hits

Updates on draft prospects that the Colts checked out ... personal tragedy strikes a former Colt, while another is released from an NFC team .... good news for an injured Colt, and more in today's ColtPower Quick Hits!

LaCasse update:  Former Syracuse DE/LB Ryan LaCasse had a pre-draft visit with the Colts, but landed in Baltimore with the Ravens as a 7th-round selection. He projects as a situational pass rusher for the Ravens. He doesn't really have the brute strength to be an every-down player, especially on the line, but his work ethic and passion will help his development at the pro level.

Hawkins update:  OLB Brent Hawkins, who also visited with the Colts, will make the switch from defensive end to outside linebacker for the Jaguars. He had 17 sacks last year with seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has 4.6 speed. They have an opening at outside linebacker because of the departure of Akin Ayodele.

Boothe update:  Cornell tackle Kevin Boothe had a formal interview with the Colts at the Combine, but will be suiting up for Art Shell in Oakland. Even though he was a left tackle at Cornell, the Raiders plan to play him at guard. Shell said the Raiders were impressed with his play in practices at the East-West Shrine Game. 

Former Colt cut:  Defensive end Sean Guthrie, who was in the Colts' 2005 training camp, was released by the Redskins this week. The former NY Giant tore his patella tendon back in 2002 and has bounced around the league and NFL Europe ever since.

Burns arrested: An NBC affiliate out of Lexington, KY at lex18.com is reporting that Colts defensive tackle Vincent "Sweet Pea" Burns was arrested early Friday morning on disordly conduct charges. Last year's 3rd-round draft pick was reportedly in a crowd of about 100 people outside a nightclub and allegedly got involved in at least one altercation after being asked to leave by police. He was released from jail after a friend posted a $200 bond, but will have to face charges of disorderly conduct and menacing this Friday.

Pathon re-signs with Atlanta:  Former Colts WR Jerome Pathon has re-signed with the Falcons after catching just one pass for 18 yards last year in eight game appearances for Atlanta. He also saw some special teams work, including three kickoff returns for 54 yards. In his eight-year career, he has tallied 260 catches for 3,350 yards (12.9 avg.) and 15 touchdowns. Pathon spent four seasons with the Colts (1998-2001) and three seasons with the Saints (2002-04), seeing action in a total of 91 games with 62 starts. Pathon was a second-round pick by the Colts back in 1998.

Tragic loss for former Colt: Anthony "Bubba" Green, a defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts back in 1981, lost a daughter in a freak accident according to a report in the Baltimore Sun. Fourteen-year-old Deanna Green was playing in a church-league softball game and was waiting for her turn to bat. She touched a metal fence that ran along the field and collapsed. It was later determined that the daughter of the former North Carolina State player was electrocuted. The Baltimore City Parks and Recreation Department is working with utility companies to determine how the fence, which has been in place for years, could have become electrified. 

Whiteside ready for action:  Middle linebacker Keyon Whiteside will be in this year's training camp mix at middle linebacker with Gary Brackett, Rob Morris and possibly third-round pick Freddie Keiaho, unless the Colts take a look at Keiaho at the strongside spot. The former University of Tennessee defensive star suffered extensive knee damage in an Oct. 31, 2004 game with the Kansas City Chiefs that threatened to end his career. Whiteside reportedly won't even need to wear a knee brace when he returns to action this year.

Jags' struggling offense takes an offseason blow:  Jacksonville's lack of offensive firepower has been blamed for their inability to be a consistent playoff-level team, and that situation just got a bit worse. Five-time Pro Bowl receiver Jimmy Smith announced his retirement after 12 seasons in the NFL. The 37-years old had told head coach Jack Del Rio that he intended to retire following the 2005 season, but Del Rio asked Smith to take some time to think it through before finalizing it. Smith led the Jaguars with 70 receptions for 1,023 yards and six touchdowns last season and caught 862 passes for 12,287 yards and 67 touchdowns during his career.


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