Meet The Colts 2019 Undrafted Free Agents
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INDIANAPOLIS – The streak has grown to 20 years.
It’s been 20 straight years that the Colts have had an undrafted free agent make their 53-man roster for Week One of the regular season.
That’s the longest such streak in the NFL.
But it’s going to be difficult, compared to previous years, for a UDFA to stretch that streak to 21 years here in 2019.
On Friday morning, the Colts announced their 9 undrafted free agents heading into this weekend’s rookie minicamp.
Here’s a look at the Colts’ 9 UDFAs for 2019:
WR-Ashton Dulin (6-1, 215), Malone: Dulin finished his college career with 189 grabs for 3,188 yards and 28 touchdowns. In 2018, Dulin was a nominee for the Division II College Football Player of the Year award. He led all receivers, including FBS, FCS, DII or DIII with 194.7 all-purpose yards per game last season.
WR-Penny Hart (5-8, 180), Georgia State: The shifty Hart dazzled at the Senior Bowl, leading many to believe that he could get drafted. Georgia State got Hart the ball in as many ways as possible. Hart’s return ability will be his best shot at making the team, at a deep receiver position.
K-Clayton Hatfield (5-9, 195), Texas Tech It’s not unusual for the Colts to have an extra kicker on their 90-man roster. Hatfield made 50-of-59 field goals in his career in the Big 12 and also kicked off for the Red Raiders.
TE-Hale Hentges (6-4, 254), Alabama: More of the blocking tight end at Alabama, as opposed to the drafted Irv Smith, Hentges did have a knack for touchdowns when targeted. In 2017 and 2018, Hentges caught 11 passes and 6 of those went for touchdowns. Remember, the Colts’ main blocking tight end last year was Ryan Hewitt (who is still a free agent), once Jack Doyle went down, so there could be some appeal if Hentges can show that skill at the NFL level.
DE-Jegs Jegede (6-5, 273), Valdosta State: Born in Nigeria, Jegede initially moved to the United States to play basketball, which he did for the first three years of college. Jegede, 25, then transferred to Valdosta State where he played football for two seasons. He had 7.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks a full-time starter in 2018.
CB-Jamal Peters (6-1, 219), Mississippi State: Another talented defender on a loaded collegiate defense, Peters brings some position versatility despite having a big safety frame. He played corner in his final three years. Peters was a decorated recruit coming out of high school. He battled some injuries and was suspended for a game due to fighting in 2018, the lone year he was a full-time starter in the SEC.
CB-Chris Rayford (5-11, 199), Mississippi State: Yeah, the Colts like their Mississippi State defenders. Rayford, who brings a notable special teams presence, started in just 11 games during his 4-year career, playing 52 total games.
DT-Johnny Robinson (6-0, 292), Charleston Southern: A couple of interior defensive lineman, a position the Colts didn’t address in the draft, round out this UDFA class. Robinson finished his college career with 23.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.
DT-Jordan Thompson (6-2, 284), Northwestern: Thompson appears to be a three-technique, which is a position the Colts did not invest any draft resources in last week. Thompson was a two-year starter at Northwestern and finished his two years as a starter with 13.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.