Colts Select Temple Cornerback Rock Ya-Sin In Round Two Of 2019 NFL Draft
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INDIANAPOLIS – After fielding trade calls on Friday, the Colts ended up taking a player at No. 34 overall.
The first pick of the 2019 Draft for Indianapolis was Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin.
Here are 3 thoughts on the Colts drafting Ya-Sin:
1. Aggressive Corner
It’s not often you hear of a cornerback who was a two-time Wresting State Champion in high school (at 145 and 152 pounds in the state of Georgia), but that was the case for Rock Ya-Sin.
At 6-1 and 190 pounds, Ya-Sin has an ideal frame for a cornerback and brings an aggressive mindset to the corner position.
Ya-Sin played just one year of football at Temple, transferring from Presbyterian College, where he played for three years. At Temple, Ya-Sin allowed a long reception of 17 yards all season, according to Pro Football Focus.
A strong performance at the Senior Bowl had Ya-Sin moving up draft boards.
On Friday night, Ya-Sin mentioned that his wrestling background helps him with hand fighting as a corner. He looks at takedowns in wrestling as a reason why he is known as a productive tackler in football.
2. Some Man Flexibility Coming
Earlier this offseason, Chris Ballard mentioned a hope this offseason was to diversify the cornerback group with varying skillsets.
That meant getting some guys in the building who have more man-to-man principles, so Matt Eberflus can adjust when necessary.
Ya-Sin is thought to be a guy who can play some man, while still having the ability to take care of tackling responsibilities in the lower part of the zone. Ya-Sin mentioned on Friday that he mostly played Cover 1 man at Temple.
Despite not playing high school football until his junior year, Ya-Sin was a first-team All-American Athletic selection in 2018, with 12 pass breakups and 2 interceptions.
3. Corners Take Notice
Corner was a need for the Colts this offseason and such a selection adds yet another young body to the room.
It also sends a message to the likes of Quincy Wilson, Nate Hairston and Jalen Collins.
The starters for Indy are pretty set right now with Kenny Moore and Pierre Desir, and it was Wilson who emerged late in 2018 in the nickel package.
If Ya-Sin can make the expected impact, it’s going to amplify the pressure on the likes of Wilson and Hairston, who are entering Year 3 of their 4-year rookie contracts.
After not taking a cornerback in 2018, the Colts made sure to take care of that very important position early in Round 2.
So, the #Colts final haul from trading 3 spots back with the Jets last March is this: -2018: -Pick 1-6: Quenton Nelson -2019: -Pick 2-34: Rock Ya-Sin — Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) April 26, 2019
-Pick 2-37: Braden Smith
-Pick 2-52: Kemoko Turay
-Pick 5-169: Jordan Wilkins
So, the #Colts final haul from trading 3 spots back with the Jets last March is this:
-Pick 1-6: Quenton Nelson
-Pick 2-34: Rock Ya-Sin
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) April 26, 2019
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