Owls In the NFL: 2017 Colts Training Camp Preview: Cornerbacks

INDIANAPOLIS — Can a rookie finally end the Indianapolis Colts’ long saga at the No. 2 cornerback position?

The team — and Quincy Wilson — certainly hope so.

While Vontae Davis has locked down the No. 1 spot at the position for the past five-plus years in Indy, the team in recent seasons hasn’t been able to find a consistent option opposite of the veteran Davis. Names like Greg Toler, Jerraud Powers, Patrick Robinson and Antonio Cromartie have come and gone, but none have been able to stick.

Coupled with the expected full-time move of the versatile Darius Butler — who has been the only cornerback outside of Davis to put up consistent productivity in recent seasons — to safety, and the Colts now find themselves relying on Wilson to end that lull at the No. 2 corner spot, and quickly.

Wilson, whom the Colts selected in the second round of this year’s draft, had a productive career at Florida, where he appeared in 39 games over three seasons and recorded six picks, 84 tackles and 14 passes defensed.

Wilson’s young — he’s just 20 years old entering his first NFL training camp — but new Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard, who has a history of finding productive members of the secondary at his previous stops, couldn’t pass him up.

“When we took Quincy (Wilson), we really liked him throughout the process,” Ballard said after the conclusion of the second day of the 2017 NFL Draft. “I mean, I gave it away the other day when we were talking – big, athletic corners that have ball skills and that’s what we’re looking for. We think he has got a lot of upside. He’s 20 years old, he’s still young. He’s still got a lot of upside. He’s a good man to man corner. He’s big (6 foot 1, 206 pounds) and he’s got great ball skills.”

So outside of Davis and Wilson, what does the cornerback position look like for the Colts heading into training camp? Let’s take a look:

NOTABLE RETURNERS:
— Vontae Davis
Rashaan Melvin
— Darryl Morris

NOTABLE ADDITIONS:
— Quincy Wilson
— Nate Hairston

NOTABLE CAMP BATTLES:
Dante Blackmon
Chris Milton
Tevin Mitchel

NOTABLE LOSSES:
— Darius Butler (moved to safety)
— Charles James II (waived)
— Patrick Robinson (released)

Last season, the Colts ended up taking six cornerbacks out of camp onto their Week 1 roster: Butler, Davis, Robinson, Neiko Thorpe, Cromartie and Morris.
…….. Read More about Dante Blackmon at Colts.com

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