Colt Scout: Undrafted RB Gets Tryout

The Indianapolis Colts worked out an undrafted running back from a Division I-AA school this week. Jerry Langton provides his scouting report on this highly versatile but little-known player.

Steve Silva
RB, Holy Cross

5'11 (5111) / 212 pounds / 4.55-4.61 forty-speed (NFL Pro Day)

2006 stats: none

2005 stats: 189-913-11 rushing, 54-365-1 receiving, 5-4-71-3-0 passing, 22-395-2 punt returns, 19-462-1 kick returns, 1 tackle for Holy Cross

The player: Silva did everything but sell tickets at Holy Cross, leading their offense and special teams in just about every category (except passing, but he did that pretty well too). Quick and explosive, Silva understands football and plays every snap with great intensity. Blessed with exceptional hands (148 catches in college) and excellent toughness, Silva often looked like a thoroughbred among mules at Holy Cross. But even then, some limitations surfaced. The primary one is his lack of elusiveness. You've heard of one-cut runners? Silva's more of a no-cut runner. Point him in a direction and that's where he'll go (although, to be fair, he did show some better open-field moves as a return man). He's not very fast and doesn't play as well as he times. On the plus side, he's extremely hard to stop on short-yardage (32 touchdowns on 580 carries), knows how to keep a handle on the ball in the tough stuff and is an adept and willing blocker. Although he was a non-roster invitee for Tampa Bay's minicamp and had a tryout with the Patriots, Silva wasn't signed by anyone this year and is still looking for his first NFL opportunity.

How he fits: At this point, if the Colts sign Silva it would most likely be to send him to Europe in an effort to see if he has the ability to be an NFL contributor.
Considering his value as a short-yardage runner, outlet receiver and blocker, he could convince the Colts he's worth a roster spot.

Reminds me of: Terrence Whitehead, the undrafted back out of Oregon who caught on with the Bengals, but hasn't really played yet.

Photo provided by Holy Cross Athletics

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