Second-Day Safety For Depth?

The Indianapolis Colts have one of the most fearsome safety trios in the NFL, but given the injury history of Bob Sanders, the team needs plenty of depth at the position as well. Scout.com's Ed Thompson gave ColtPower the scoop on a late-round prospect the Colts are going to take a look at.


Oregon State's Al Afalava
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Scout.com Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson told ColtPower.com that the Colts plan to hold a workout for Oregon State safety Al Afalava on April 7.

Afalava, a four-year starter for the Beavers, finished his career with 167 total tackles, 14 passes defended and four forced fumbles. He also had three interceptions. Last season against Utah, he returned an interception for a touchdown and also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown against UCLA in his junior season.

The Colts have a tremendous set of players at safety, with 2007 Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders, 2007 Pro Bowler Antoine Bethea, and Melvin Bullitt on the roster at safety.

But the team needs depth after letting veteran backup Matt Giordano become an unrestricted free agent. The Colts also have Jamie Silva, an undrafted free agent from 2008, on the roster, but a fifth safety could be necessary, as Sanders missed 10 games last season due to injury and is expected to open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Afalava is the 22nd-ranked safety overall by Scout.com and is considered a late second-day pick, or a possible undrafted player. However, the Colts have had plenty of success with second-day finds in the past and Bill Polian has seen enough of Afalava to take a closer look.


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