Colt Scout: TE Aaron Halterman

After the Colts lost TE Jerome Collins for the season, they took a look at Aaron Halterman, a former Indiana University player and added him to the practice squad. Find out how he might fit into the Colts plans for the future in this scouting report.

Aaron Halterman
TE, Indiana

6'4 (6045) / 262 pounds / 4.90-4.93 forty-time (NFL Pro Day)

2006 preseason stats:
1 special-teams tackle, 1-10-0 kick return with Houston

2006 NFL Europe stats:
26-290-0 with Rhein

2005 preseason stats:
1 special-teams tackle with Houston

The player:
The kid from Greenwood has grown up to be a pretty big guy. Unlike most of the tight ends who normally intrigue the Colts -- barely overgrown wide receivers -- Halterman's a big strong fellow who can lay a major lick. Although he doesn't have a veteran's command of blocking schemes, he's got a major talent there and is already as good as anyone the Colts have there (probably better inline) and could become quite special. He's neither truly quick nor straight-line fast, but can find seams in zones and is an adept route runner, showing great improvement in these categories when he played in Europe where he was a major producer. His hands are a touch better than average, and improving. A bright, hard-working kid, Halterman is considered a resourceful, heads-up kind of player and a great guy to have around. Interestingly, Halterman has played (or at least practiced) at a number of positions, including H-back, fullback, defensive end and, if memory serves, long snapper.

How he fits:
With Jerome Collins recently landing on injured reserve, the Colts only have three tight ends on the roster so they added Halterman for depth. The team's recent emphasis on heavier-duty blocking could even help him get playing time this year.

Reminds me of:
Mark Anelli, a former Wisconsin Badger who's been around the NFL for five years and contributed as a blocker and special teamer, but hasn't caught any passes.

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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