A Rundown of All the Indianapolis Colts 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Colts 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 15 (No. 15 overall)

Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State: Again, with teams crawling over themselves to land offensive weapons in the early picks, there were defensive players available mid-Round 1 that no one thought would be there: Reuben Foster, Jonathan Allen and, of course, Hooker. The Ohio State safety should slot right in as the Colts’ free safety, which prevents Indianapolis from having to piece together that spot—Darius Butler was a possible CB-to-S mover. Hooker’s past health issues probably didn’t hurt him as much in Round 1 as his lack of physicality did (and the huge run on skill positions). The Colts don’t need him to be a thumper, just to keep doing what he did for Ohio State vs. the pass. GRADE: A

Round 2, Pick 14 (No. 46)

Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida: The Rams throw a curve ball with their first pick of the 2017 draft, taking Everett, a player cut from the same TE/slot receiver mold as Evan Engram. This comes one year after L.A. nabbed TE Tyler Higbee in the fourth round. Everett has upside as a pass catcher, but this is early for him and there were a lot of defensive options on the board.? GRADE: A

Round 3, Pick 16 (No. 80)

Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio: With a safety and cornerback under their belts already, the Colts found themselves a pass rusher at 80. He played a lot of hand-in-the-dirt DE for Ohio, but he really looks the part of a 3-4 edge rusher, which is where he’ll be with the Colts. Very good value at this spot in Round 3. GRADE: A

Round 4, Pick 31 (No. 137) Zach Banner, OT, USC

Round 4, Pick 37 (No. 143) Marlon Mack, RB, USF

Round 4, Pick 38 (No. 144) Grover Stewart, DT, Albany State

Round 5, Pick 14 (No. 158) Nate Hairston, CB, Temple

Round 5, Pick 17 (No. 161) Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern

Colts Take Ohio State Safety Malik Hooker with 15th Pick in NFL Draft

The Colts revamping of their defense took another step forward on Thursday night, as the team took Ohio State safety Malik Hooker with the 15th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

At 6-foot-1, 206 pounds, Hooker was considered the second-best safety in the rookie class. LSU’s Jamal Adams went to the New York Jets at No. 6.

The Colts never expected the big-hitting playmaker they’ve been seeking for years to be there when their turn came up.

Hooker played only two seasons with the Buckeyes but had a breakout year in 2016. He had 74 tackles, seven interceptions and returned three for touchdowns — exactly the kind of game-changer coach Chuck Pagano and new general manager Chris Ballard were looking for in the draft.

Indy could have taken one of two Alabama players — defensive tackle Jonathan Allen or linebacker Reuben Foster — at positions where they could have used help.

But Pagano said he was sold on Hooker after Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano told him Hooker was the closest safety he’s seen to Ed Reed. Schiano and Pagano were both assistants on the University of Miami staff when Reed was in school.

A Look at the 2017 Colts Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 Indianapolis Colts Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 at Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM

Sep. 17 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 PM

Sep. 24 Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM

Oct. 1 at Seattle Seahawks 8:30 PM

Oct. 8 San Francisco 49ers 1:00 PM

Oct. 16 at Tennessee Titans (Mon) 8:30 PM

Oct. 22 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM

Oct. 29 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM

Nov. 5 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM

Nov. 12 Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM

Nov. 19 BYE

Nov. 26 Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM

Dec. 3 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM

Dec. 10 at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM

Dec. 14 Denver Broncos (Thu) 8:25 PM

Dec. 23 at Baltimore Ravens (Sat) 4:30 PM

Dec. 31 Houston Texans 1:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: After an opener in Los Angeles against the Rams, the Colts will be home for two straight against two teams they should have success against, the Cardinals and Browns. If they want to have a quick start, winning in L.A. and then the two at home should be a big boost.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: The team doesn’t have three straight on the road which is a plus, but their final four games look like they will determine if they are playing in January or not. A road game at the Bills followed by a Thursday game vs the Broncos, a game at Baltimore and then home for Houston will define their season.

Colts QB Andrew Luck Says Shoulder Surgery Came From 2015 Injury

Colts’ franchise quarterback Andrew Luck on Monday revealed a couple important pieces of information about his shoulder injury, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.

For one, he was ultimately the one who decided to undergo surgery in January to correct a lingering issue in his throwing shoulder, believed to be related to his labrum. Then Luck clarified the timeline on his physical issues, disclosing that the injury dates back to a pounding he took in September 2015 in a win over the Tennessee Titans that resulted in him missing the next two games.

Luck, as it turns out, has been dealing with the issue ever since. And that’s why surgery became necessary.

“It was my decision, ultimately,” he said. “The team gave me all the resources that I felt like I needed to make the best decision. We sat down after the year with our guys in this building and talked and then went out and got a lot of really good opinions from a lot of doctors around the country.

“At the end of the day, I never felt like anybody else was trying to make a decision for me. I made this decision with what I felt was the best information I could find. I have no regrets about going to get surgery.”

Luck, consistent with everyone else in the organization, declined to commit to a timeline. The truth is, there really isn’t one. The Colts are not going to rush Luck. And Luck expressed a willingness to be patient with the process, even as he longs to get back into action. The Colts began offseason workouts Monday and will soon progress to on-field work. Luck will almost certainly be a spectator In the end, though, he feels this will clearly be worthwhile.

“There were times when you play through pain, there were times when it felt great,” Luck said of the 2016 season. “The reality is everybody plays through pain in the NFL. I’ve played through pain every year. This was a little different beast from the standpoint of, as you guys know, my practice schedule was different and altered and certainly that made things difficult from a preparation standpoint.

Former Colts CB Jerraud Powers Announces His Retirement

Jerraud Powers is stepping away from the game just before his 30th birthday, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

The free-agent cornerback, entering his ninth year in the league, announced his retirement on Instagram on Friday.

“With the 2017 season getting started and teams are preparing to be the best they can be, I think it’s time for me to walk away from the game,” Powers explained in his lengthy goodbye. “The last 8 years have been a joy and wonderful ride. Even though I can still compete and play at a high level, mentally, I’m ready for the next chapter of my life.”

Powers signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 after spending his formative years with the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals. The Colts selected Powers in the third round of the 2009 draft.

Former Giants DT Johnathan Hankins Visiting with the Colts

After weeks of inactivity, former Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins visited with the Colts on Tuesday Connor Orr of NFL.com
reports. This according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

The Giants are still hoping to bring back their former second-round pick, but the 25-year-old is now making the rounds. Indianapolis missed out on the Dontari Poe sweepstakes and are looking to add a stalwart to their needy defensive interior.

Hankins shined alongside fellow road-grater Damon Harrison in the revamped Giants defense last year, adding three more sacks to his career total. In the two years he started 16 games (2014 and 2016), he has registered 10 total sacks.

Colts Ink Former First-Round Pick LB Barkevious Mingo to One-Year Deal

Patriots linebacker Barkevious Mingo has signed with thge Colts on a one year deal worth $2.5 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Mingo was traded to the Patriots in August after spending his first three professional seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Mingo made four tackles in one start last season with New England.

The Patriots and Colts made an actual trade earlier in the week. Indianapolis sent tight end Dwayne Allen and a sixth-round pick to New England in exchange for a fourth-round selection.

Tony Dungy Admits Colts Did Steal Signals; But Never Cheated

Tony Dungy said the Colts never cheated during his years as coach of the team after Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders accused Indianapolis of doing so, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.

Sanders, an analyst for NFL Network, made the comments after Sunday’s Super Bowl about the Colts cheating when colleague LaDainian Tomlinson said some might question New England’s success because of Spygate, the 2007 incident in which the Patriots broke the rules by videotaping the opposition’s signals from an unauthorized location.

“Those same critics, did they say anything about the wins that the Indianapolis Colts had? You want to talk about that, too? Because they were getting everybody’s signals,” Sanders said on NFL Network. “Come on, you don’t walk up to the line and look over here and the man on the sideline giving you the defense that they’ve stolen the plays of. We all knew. LT knew. Everybody in the NFL knew. We just didn’t let the fans know. That was real and that was happening in Indy.”

Dungy was on “Pro Football Talk Live” on Wednesday to explain that the Colts, like all other teams, did steal signals, but never cheated.

“I think we have to go back to what is cheating,” Dungy said. “People accusing us of cheating? I don’t think that’s the case. Stealing signals? You can go back to the 1800s in baseball, you can go anywhere there were signals done, and people were looking and watching and trying to get signals.”

The Hall of Famer Dungy, who led the Colts to a Super Bowl title and at least 10 victories in all seven of his seasons as coach, said Sanders probably used to see who was calling in signals during his 14-year playing career.

“And that’s what happened,” Dungy said. “And you looked over there because you wanted to know as a defensive player: Is it going to be three wide receivers? Is it going to be two tight ends? Who’s in the game? There’s a person over there signaling and Deion Sanders and every other defensive player would look at the offensive sideline to get that signal.

“So that is football. And I’m not sure what Deion is referring to, really. … That’s all part of the game, but doing it legally and illegally, that’s the difference. I hope Deion is not saying we did something illegally. Of course we got signals when we had an opportunity to do that, and so did Deion.”

Colts Ask for Permission From Several Teams to Talk to New Potential GM’s

The Colts have requested permission to interview Minnesota Vikings assistant GM George Paton And Seattle Seahawks co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer for their general-manager vacancy according to the team’s official website.

In-house candidate Jimmy Raye III is also in the running for the position and may possibly be viewed as the favorite but it sounds like Colts owner Jim Irsay is doing his due diligence. Paton is viewed as the favorite for the 49ers’ GM spot after Kirchner and Fitterer bowed out of the running earlier in the process. Andrew Luck’s presence as a young franchise QB on a long-term deal makes the Colts’ vacancy a very appealing position.