Colts Select USC Cornerback Marvell Tell In Round Five Of 2019 NFL Draft
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are certainly preparing for the quarterback gauntlet that is coming in 2019.
With pick No. 144 on Saturday afternoon, the Colts drafted USC defensive back Marvell Tell, who is expected to play cornerback in the NFL.
Here are 3 thoughts on the Colts drafting Tell:
1. Versatile Defensive Back
It looks to be another position switch for a Colts 2019 draft pick.
Marvell Tell was mostly a deep safety at USC, but the 6-2 defensive back will be moving to cornerback in the NFL.
As a ‘lean’ safety weighing less than 200 pounds, Tell was a first-team All-Pac 12 selection in 2017. Tell said during the draft process that a majority of teams talked with him about making the switch to corner.
Tell, who put up some impressive numbers at the Combine in the jumping drills and short area quickness tests, finished his career with 220 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 13 pass deflections and 5 interceptions.
2. Unique Body Type
At 6-2, Tell is a much different body type from what the Colts currently have at cornerback.
While the NFL has had a new wave of corners in recent years, the Colts waited until this year to put even more of a focus on getting longer at the cornerback position and trying to find guys who could excel in man coverage.
Tell has a long wingspan and allows the Colts to continue to balance out the look of their corners.
This sort of pick brings out similar comparisons to T.J. Green, with the Colts speeding up this position switch for Tell from Day One.
3. Secondary Bodies Coming
This pick came from a trade back with Cleveland in Round Two and it adds yet another defensive back to the fold.
The Colts have now taken three DBs in 2019, after not selecting a single one with their 11 picks last year.
Chris Ballard said earlier this offseason he wanted to improve the secondary depth on his roster, with one eye on the impressive slate of quarterbacks coming this season.
Well, Ballard has spent three of his first six picks this draft on the secondary. In total, the Colts have made 5 of their 6 selections on defensive players.
This draft pick, along with Rock Ya-Sin in Round Two, is another warning shot to the current young corners on the roster not in the starting lineup: Quincy Wilson, Nate Hairston and Jalen Collins.
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