The Colts Unofficial Undrafted Free Agents List
Ron Thompson, OLB Syracuse
The 6’3″, 253 pound senior defensive end shined with the Orange, recording 35 tackles including 9.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles.
Of course, one of the Colts greatest pass rushers Dwight Freeney hailed from Syracuse. Like Freeney before him, the Colts will call upon Thompson to become a pass rusher off the edge–only this time as a 3-4 outside linebacker (via his NFL.com draft profile):
"STRENGTHS Former high school tight end and basketball player with fluid footwork. Has lateral quickness and closing burst to to chase and finish. Can dial up dangerous inside spin move from either end spot as rusher. Rushes with forward lean creating momentum towards quarterback when he defeats blockers punch. Aware and intelligent. Recognizes play progression. Knee-bender who can sink and spring laterally into tackles. Forced six fumbles over last two seasons. Can drop easily into space and squeezes coverage responsibilities. Scheme flexible as end or outside backer. Looks to get hands into passing lane."
"WEAKNESSES Despite athleticism, tackle production lower than expected. Needs to become better finisher as tackler. Half-strider with average edge speed and burst. Will rely heavily on hands as a rusher over speed and length. Can be a step late to close down backside cutback lanes. Needs to incorporate more violent, physical hand usage to go with his finesse hand work. Could use more aggression to set hard edge against run. NFL COMPARISON Lorenzo Mauldin BOTTOM LINE Thompson played inside as an undersized tackle in 2014, but was moved to his natural defensive end spot this year. The more tape you get through, the easier it becomes to see his NFL fit. Thompson might be slotted as a defensive end, but I see him as an instinctive 3-4 edge rusher who can put a hand in the ground in sub packages. Thompson could benefit by leaning down to improve his overall quickness as a rusher."
"Oct 31, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores safety Andrew Williamson (32) breaks up a a pass intended for Houston Cougars wide receiver Demarcus Ayers (10) in the first quarter at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports Andrew Williamson, S Vanderbilt Summary: The 6’1″, 212 pound senior safety stood out with the Commodores, recording 41 total tackles, a forced fumble, and 4 pass breakups, as he was also named to the 2015 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll: Colts UDFA Andrew Williamson held opponents to a 56.7% completion rate in 2015, 21st-best in this S class (min. 25 targets) — PFF Draft (@PFF_College) May 1, 2016 In his Commodores collegiate career, Williamson had 19 career starts in 49 career appearances. Williamson recorded a 4.80 forty time at his pro day, as well as a 35 inch vertical. He could theoretically provide additional safety depth, while contributing immediately on special teams. Right now, the Colts returning backup safeties are Akeem Davis, Winston Guy, and Dezmen Southward. Colts UDFA Andrew Williamson held opponents to a 56.7% completion rate in 2015, 21st-best in this S class (min. 25 targets) — PFF Draft (@PFF_College) May 1, 2016"