With the 46th overall pick in the second round, the Indianapolis Colts selected cornerback Quincy Wilson.
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Wilson, a standout at Florida, is a major ballhawk. He finished his career with six interceptions (three last season). And the newly drafted Colt is not short on confidence.
“I’m big, I’m long, I’m physical, I’m fast, I’m strong. I feel like I’ve got it all.’’
The Colts continued to add to their secondary after taking Malik Hooker last night with the 15th overall pick. And Wilson will likely be a Week 1 starter opposite Vontae Davis.
According to Pro Football Focus, Wilson lead the NCAA last season with a passer rating of just 29.9 with passes thrown into his coverage.
Wilson becomes the highest drafted cornerback for the Colts since they drafted Marlin Jackson in the first round in 2006.
General manager Chris Ballard has had plenty of recent success drafting cornerbacks (Marcus Peters two years ago). And with a loaded class at the position, Wilson likely would have been a top 10 pick next season had he stayed at Florida.
So what exactly does Wilson bring to the Colts struggling defense? Here is what Pro Football Focus had to say.
- Willing to gamble and break on the ball, and had three interceptions in 2016, despite being targeted just 49 times.
- Good movement skills for his size. Closes on the ball quickly and can mirror receivers early in the route.
- Often runs comebacks as well as the wide receiver.
- Plays the deep ball well, stays on top of the route and can make a play on the ball.
- Does not get beat often. Gave up 16, 25 and 16 catches in each of the past three years. In total, he gave up just 616 yards on passes thrown into his coverage between 2014 and 2016 (he did benefit somewhat from inaccurate quarterbacks).
- Loves to get physical and press wide receivers. At his best when he can jam the WR off the snap.
- Reads and reacts very well against screen. Can come up and make tackles close to, or behind, the line of scrimmage.
- Just didn’t allow much production from wide receivers against him. Allowed an NFL passer rating of just 29.9 on throws into his coverage throughout 2016.
Having another press man-to-man corner will allow Hooker, T.J. Green and Clayton Geathers to roam freely. Plus will take a lot of pressure off the development of all three young players.