The last of three consecutive picks, the Michigan safety comes in as someone who will have to fight hard to make the team in the fall
The Colts were the first team since 2015 to have three straight picks in the draft. They all came in the sixth round, and safety Jordan Glasgow was the last of them. Glasgow comes into a defensive backfield that is suddenly crowded, especially at safety.
Glasgow made most of his headway on special teams. He had 27 tackles in special teams according to Pro Football Focus. That might the biggest value he brings to the Colts. Someone who can make tackles of punt returns is very valuable, although that skill on kickoffs has been de-valued with the new rules.
As far as playing safety is concerned, Glasgow may struggle with that in the NFL. He isn’t very fast and may get burned in coverage, especially if he has to play any one-on-one. He has below-average athleticism as well and has issues exploding out of breaks to follow receivers.
With the Colts already taking Julian Blackmon in the 3rd round, it might be hard for Glasgow to find a roster spot. While Blackmon will probably be out the entire season as he rehabs from a torn ACL, that may not be enough to keep Glasgow on the team.
One thing Glasgow does have is fiery competitiveness. He will work extremely hard and is very coachable. If he doesn’t make the team, it’s not for a lack of effort. Chris Ballard does like his players to have that competitiveness, so he will be given a fair shot to make the team.
If this is in fact the last selection the Colts make in this draft, it’s certainly one that can make an impact on the team.