The two players brought in for a tryout on Friday were quarterback Toby Korrodi of Central Missouri and wide receiver Ean Randolph of South Florida.
Randolph appeared in 26 games in three college seasons, with all of those appearances coming in the past two seasons. In 2005 he had the unfortunate distinction of being on the regular roster, but not appearing in any games. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent and was released before the final cutdown to 53 players in September.
Ean Randolph against Cleveland in a preseason game
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Randolph was the Big East Special Teams Player of the Year for the 2006 season, flashing speed and elusiveness on punt returns and kick returns. It's safe to assume the Colts are looking at him to bolster their return game, which has been dreadful at times this season. He is a very undersized prospect, even for Indianapolis' standards at the receiver position, standing only 5 feet, 8 inches and tipping the scales at 173 pounds.
But there have been players that have done more with less throughout the history of the NFL and it does speak to his abilities as a return man that he was considered the top man in special teams — both returning and covering kicks — in the entire Big East.
There have been some impressive performances thus far this season and last season by players such as Darren Sproles of the Chargers, Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jaguars, and Garrett Wolfe of the Bears — and all of those gentlemen were considered too small to be successful at the highest level.
Toby Korrodi at Central Missouri
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At 6 feet, 4 inches, 233 pounds, Korrodi certainly looks the part at the quarterback position. He threw for a school-record 29 touchdown passes as a senior at Central Missouri and was voted a 2006 Division II All-American. Additionally, he topped all quarterbacks at the 2007 Scouting Combine by registering 63 miles per hour on the radar gun.
However, lack of experience against a high level of competition and a lackluster workout — he registered a time of 5.37 in the 40, but also bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times — lead to Korrodi going undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft. He was signed as a free agent by the Arizona Cardinals in May, but with Tim Rattay, Kurt Warner, and Matt Leinart on the roster, there was no room for him and he was released before the end of training camp.
While he's certainly a more intriguing prospect than current practice squad QB Josh Betts, given the fact that he has a bigger arm and looks better in pads, he also doesn't have the experience with the Colts that Betts does. Betts has the advantage of going through organized team activities, training camp, and an entire season of learning the system on the practice squad.
Korrodi also must fight the fact that Indianapolis tends to carry only two quarterbacks on the roster, since Peyton Manning has missed a game in ten years and Jim Sorgi has a firm grasp of the offense. On top of that, if the Colts did carry three quarterbacks, the third one would be Betts at this point.
Both Randolph and Korrodi are interesting players with some upside that stand a better chance of walking on with the team either when free agency starts in March or after the smoke clears after the draft in May. But, it's never too early to have an eye out for next year and Bill Polian is once again showing why he is among the top executives in the NFL.