Do Colts have another Kenny Moore type UDFA on the roster?
By Brad Marr
The Indianapolis Colts have an undrafted free agent that has the potential to make the roster and become a Pro Bowl-caliber player for Indy.
There were 262 former collegiate players selected in this year’s 2022 NFL draft. The odds on them all being great players are low, but the odds on the players that weren’t selected in the draft are almost underground, so to speak.
The Indianapolis Colts made some trades, including two around the QB position, to garner a total of eight picks through seven rounds of the draft. Those picks turned into some potential starters on offense in Cincinnati wide receiver Alec Pierce, Virginia tight end Jelani Woods, and Central Michigan offensive tackle Bernhard Raimann.
The Colts also added some depth to the defense in Maryland safety Nick Cross, and even another Cincinnati Alum, defensive lineman Curtis Brooks.
This story isn’t to highlight those obvious players who are almost a guarantee to make the roster, but it’s to shed light on one of the 22 undrafted free agents that will be fighting from OTAs to training camp to make an NFL roster, and hopefully the one in Indy.
Back in 2017, Pro Bowl defensive back Kenny Moore faced this same obstacle on his road to becoming one of the NFL’s top nickel corners. After going undrafted, Moore signed as an UDFA with the New England Patriots. In September of 2017, he was waived from the Pats after a prime performance in the preseason. The next day, the Colts claimed Moore off waivers and the rest is history.
Now granted, all 22 players have a shot at a roster spot there’s no denying that at all. It’s the players who have that special factor about them that will help them succeed over the others.
Division II human joystick CB Dallis Flowers has the type of promise to make a name in a similar fashion to Moore. Right now, you can’t even find him in the NFL database on NFL.com. Go ahead, try it. I’ll wait. Luckily, I’ve done my fair share of research on the former Pittsburgh State Gorilla so you don’t have to.
Dallis Flowers could have a promising future with Colts
Labeled as a defensive back, Flowers is a 6-foot-2 corner and return specialist. Through two years at Grand View University, he tallied 46 tackles, six interceptions, 11 pass breakups, and added two touchdowns and 1,075 yards as a returner.
In his final year of eligibility in 2021, Dallis transferred to Pitt State and returned a total of 17 kicks for 573 yards and two touchdowns, including one for 95 yards and the other for 98 yards. Defensively, he accounted for 16 tackles, four interceptions, and 6 PBUs.
Isaiah Rodgers may be in line to take starting reps at corner opposite of Stephon Gilmore, which puts Flowers in a good position to sprout up as the next return specialist. He’ll also be adding much-needed depth in the secondary along with a great opportunity to develop into the next starter on the outside.
Keep an eye on Dallis Flowers to become a future household name during OTAs and training camp.