2019 Colts Draft Recap: Offense Finds Speed At Receiver, Two Offensive Lineman
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INDIANAPOLIS – Frank Reich’s reaction was what you would expect with Parris Campbell, but that was the only draft attention his offense got until Round 7 of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Colts made three offensive selections in the 2019 Draft: one receiver and two offensive linemen.
Here’s a capsule look at the Colts picks on offense in 2019 (along with the look at the 7 defensive picks):
-2018 Stats: 14 games played (14 starts). Caught a school-record 90 balls for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns.
-Career Stats: 48 games played (38 starts). Had 143 receptions, for 1,768 yards and 15 touchdowns.
-Interesting Fact: Campbell, who went to the same high school as LeBron James, ran the fastest 40-yard dash (4.31) of any wide receiver at the 2019 Combine.
-Campbell’s Quote to Note: “I see a wonderful fit. Just being able to come in and impact this offense I think immediately, with a guy like Andrew Luck who can toss the ball all around the field, he is one of the greats in the NFL, I think it couldn’t be a more perfect fit. They obviously liked what I brought to the table with having the speed and just doing the things I did at Ohio State. Honestly, just being a perfect fit with all the stuff, the intermediate stuff I need to do and my ability just being a perfect match for their offense. Throughout the process, (I thought) it would be a great fit.”
-Chris Ballard’s Thoughts: “His combine workout was incredible and look in that offense he was used a primarily a slot only at Ohio State and the Combine you saw him do things that you never really got to see him do just because of the way he used them. I mean as a route runner, his hands – I know Frank (Reich) got intoxicated with him just running around our turf during the Combine. He is an exciting player for us.”
-Outlook: In Parris Campbell, the Colts are getting a player with a trait you absolutely cannot teach: game-breaking speed. Imagine Frank Reich’s eyes lighting up when seeing Campbell on film, or run the 40 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Simple, high-percentage touches to Campbell can turn into back-breaking plays for the opposition. Now, Reich and the Indy staff will be tasked with developing a more complete route tree for Campbell, as that is not something he showed, or was asked to do, at Ohio State. If Campbell, who measures in at 6-1 and 208 pounds, can get his route depth extending deeper into a defense that’s only going to stress opponents even more. The Colts were very poor in yards after the catch last season. Campbell should definitely change that moving forward.
-2018 Stats: 14 games played (14 starts).
-Career Stats: 59 games played (29 starts).
-Interesting Fact: After redshirting as a freshman, Barton played in every game of his college career.
-Barton’s Quote to Note: “I talked to them a little bit, but I was really surprised when they picked me. I didn’t know they were really that much interested with me, but I’m just grateful they were.”
-Outlook: Barton will bring his 6-7, 310-pound frame to Indianapolis as he tries to make the team at a reserve tackle spot. For the last two years, Barton was the starting left tackle for Utah. The good news for him is the tackle depth in Indy isn’t set in stone. You have a couple of guys going into the final years of their rookie deals (Joe Haeg and Le’Raven Clark) and then a 30-year-old in J’Marcus Webb. Colts area scout Chris McGaha likes Barton’s long frame and said he was one of the hardest workers at Utah. If the Colts can develop Barton a bit, he could turn into a top tackle reserve down the road.
-2018 Stats: 12 games played (12 starts).
-Career Stats: 42 career starts as a 4-year starter.
-Interesting Fact: Finished his career making 36 straight starts.
-Patterson’s Quote to Note: “I bring the physicality and the mental. Throughout college I was a durable player. I was able to play all four years. I think my biggest thing is being quick and powerful so I think I will use that to my advantage.”
-Outlook: Unlike Jackson Barton, the Colts showed a lot of interest in Javon Patterson, who stands 6-3 and 307 pounds. He has seen time at all three interior spots in college, although he mentioned center as the likely destination for him with the Colts. Patterson’s position flex in the interior will be welcomed though. The Colts do have 2018 in-season signings Evan Boehm and Josh Andrews still as interior reserves. Like Barton, Patterson will have a tough fight to make the 53-man roster, with the Colts bringing back almost every single offensive line contributor from 2018.