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Colts select 5 players during final day of NFL Draft

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Here’s a look at how the Indianapolis Colts invested their selections on Saturday’s final day of the NFL Draft:

Round 4, 116 overall pick:

  • Player: Hassan Ridgeway
  • School: Texas
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • Measurables: 6’3″, 314 lbs.
  • Highlights: Declared early for the draft after starting eight games as a sophomore and 10 as a junior for the Longhorns. . . . Brings versatility and the ability to play all three line positions. . . . In 36 games, finished with 92 tackles and 9.5 sacks. . . . Missed playing time with back and shoulder injuries. . . . Has dealt with weight issues.
  • Ridgeway on leaving school early: “Honestly it’s been a dream to go play in the NFL. I’m just happy to be able to play in the NFL. It’s a dream come true. It was a very tough decision. The only thing I thought about (going back to school) was to play one more year with my teammates. That was the hardest part.’’

Round 4, 125 overall pick:

  • Player: Antonio Morrison
  • School: Florida
  • Position: Inside linebacker
  • Measurables: 6’1″, 229 lbs.
  • Highlights:
    • A move to help fill the void created by Jerrell Freeman’s free-agent departure to Chicago. Considered a two-down inside linebacker.
    • Strengths include aggressiveness and striking ability. . . . Two-time second-team all-SEC selection. . . . Negatives include off-field issues and knee injury. Was arrested twice reportedly for punching a bouncer and barking at a police dog and resisting arrest. . . . Had multiple surgeries on left injury following from the 2014 Birmingham Bowl. Showed impressive resiliency by returning for 2015.
    • Started all 14 games and led team with 103 tackles. First player in school history to post back-to-back 100-tackle seasons since Ed Robinson in 1992-93.
  • Morrison on off-field issues: “That’s in the past. I was 18 years old when all those things happened. I’m 21 right now. All that stuff’s behind me. What’s done is done. I’m just looking ahead. I’m finally mature. I’m a mature man now and I’m ready to play for this team.’’

Round 5, 155 overall pick:

  • Player: Joseph Haeg
  • School: North Dakota State
  • Position: Offensive tackle
  • Measurables: 6’6″, 293 lbs.
  • Highlights: Not a bad transition for Haeg. Goes from quarterback Carson Wentz, the draft’s second overall pick to Philadelphia, to Andrew Luck, the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. . . . Started all 60 games at North Dakota State, but might be moved to guard. . . . Two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference first-team selection.
  • Haeg on possible move to guard: “We haven’t discussed that yet. Just excited for me to get out there as well as I am. Just told me to get ready to work hard and stay humble and just keep grinding like I did at North Dakota State and we’ll see how everything falls.’’

Round 7, 239 overall pick:

  • Player: Trevor Bates
  • School: Maine
  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • Measurables: 6’2″, 245 lbs.
  • Highlights: Defensive end in Maine’s 4-3 scheme projects to outside linebacker at the pro level. . . . Appeared in 46 games in four seasons and produced 207 total tackles and 19 sacks.

Round 7, 248 overall pick:

  • Player: Austin Blythe
  • School: Iowa
  • Position: Center/guard
  • Measurables: 6’3″, 291 lbs.
  • Highlights: Ranked as the fourth-best center in draft according to Pro Football Weekly. . . . Four-year starter.

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