INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The makeover of the Indianapolis Colts’ secondary continued Friday evening, and added an ultra-confident cornerback to the mix.
Meet Quincy Wilson.
“You’ve gotta have confidence to play this position,’’ he said in a conference call with local media after the Colts used their second-round pick – No. 46 overall – on the playmaker out of Florida. “I feel like I definitely have that, and that’s why I made the plays I made.
“I’m big, I’m long, I’m physical, I’m fast, I’m strong. I feel like I’ve got it all.’’
That’s big talk, and the Colts need him to back it up with top-drawer performance from the outset.
No one should be surprised if Wilson, a 6-1, 213-pounder who left Florida with a year of eligibility remaining, starts opposite veteran Vontae Davis Sept. 10 when the Colts open the season on the road against the Los Angeles Rams.
And that could represent two rookies starting in the secondary. The starting free safety might be Malik Hooker, taken Thursday with the draft’s 15th overall pick.
“I definitely feel like I can step in from day 1,’’ Wilson said. “I’m just ready to get to camp and compete.’’
Wilson produced six career interceptions for the Gators, including three last season. He decided to forego his final year of eligibility after consulting with his father and coaches.
“I felt like I made the right decision,’’ Wilson said. “I just felt like I was ready for that next step. I was ready to go cover NFL receivers.’’
Wilson insisted he wasn’t surprised when the Colts called.
“I knew they were interested,’’ he said. “They had been calling my high school coaches, so I knew they were an option for me.’’
Wilson is just the seventh cornerback taken by the Colts in the first two rounds since their relocation in 1984. Marlin Jackson (2006) and Leonard Coleman (1984) were first-rounders. The previous second-round picks: Kelvin Hayden (’06), Dedric Mathis (’96), Ashley Ambrose (’92) and Don Anderson (’85).
Wilson immediately boosts the cornerback room.
Davis is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who has started 66 games since being acquired in a trade in 2012. The depth includes Rashaan Melvin, Darryl Morris, Christopher Milton, Charles James, Tevin Mitchel, Larry Scott and Frankie Williams.