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Will Skai Moore Be Next In Line Of Successful Colts Undrafted Free Agents?

In South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore, the Colts have a unique undrafted free agent. Will Moore be next in line of the Colts’ strong lineage of UDFAs?

Dannie Walls 

INDIANAPOLIS – In the history of college football, only 15 people have accomplished what Skai Moore did during his collegiate career.

And only 1 other player in college football history has done what Moore did in the vaunted SEC.

That feat is a player leading his respective team in tackles for all 4 seasons played.

Moore did that at South Carolina, with 353 career tackles (213 solo), leading the team in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 (an injury kept Moore off the field in 2016).

Even with that impressive bullet point on the resume of Moore, he was not one of the 256 players drafted in 2018.

It’s hard to imagine an SEC linebacker with historic production would really not be worthy of a draft pick over 3 days, 7 rounds and 256 selections.

But that happened to Moore, who is a bit undersized (6-2 and 218 pounds) and not the quickest linebacker (4.73 in the 40-yard dash).

So, when the undrafted free agent signing frenzy happened after April’s draft, the Colts made Moore a definite priority.

Moore was fielding calls from several teams. The barren depth chart of linebackers in Indianapolis pushed the Colts to the top of Moore’s interest list.

“I had a few other options, but I just felt like it was the best opportunity for me,” Moore said during the Colts’ rookie minicamp. “I felt like it was a good fit and a good opportunity in the linebacking core.”

During the rookie minicamp last week, Moore made a couple of nice plays while occupying the MIKE linebacker position.

That spot appears to be open, especially with second-round linebacker Darius Leonard better suited to be the team’s WILL linebacker in this new defense.

Any hesitancy in playing an undrafted free agent early on definitely isn’t there for Frank Reich.

Even Reich has seen the incredible past success this franchise has had with UDFAs.

The Colts have had a rookie UDFA on their Week 1 roster in 19 consecutive seasons (they had 4 last year: C-Deyshawn Bond, TE-Darrell Daniels, CB-Kenny Moore and P-Rigoberto Sanchez).

And if that happens again for the Colts in 2018, that’s just fine with Reich.

“I remember as a player one time, Bill Parcells was my coach just for a very short time and him making the statement, something to the effect of, ‘I’m the most selfish head coach you’ll ever play for because I’m always going to play the best 11 players. I don’t care what round, how much money, so on and so forth,’” Reich says.

“And I think that’s obvious, but that’s really what it’s all about. You’ve got to prove it in the meeting room and out on the field and if guys get enough opportunities, it works itself out.”

Is Moore next in line?

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