As the Indianapolis Colts continue their playoff push, draft season approaches, which means general manager Chris Ballard and Co. will begin to hone in on their scouting. As we all know, talent can be found in rounds much later than the first few, sometimes even as undraftees. This is the exact range where small school, or non-FBS, prospects really start to stand out.
There were 12 small school selections in this year's draft , one which saw North Dakota State's Cody Mauch, Sacramento State's Marte Mapu and South Dakota State's Tucker Kraft during Day 2 (rounds two and three) of the event. In the 2022 NFL Draft, 23 non-FBS products were selected beginning with a pair of first-round selections in OL Trevor Penning and Cole Strange.
The Colts' scouting department has had a great hit rate on Day 3 of the NFL Draft since Chris Ballard, Ed Dodds, and Morrocco Brown joined the organization. Bleacher Report's Brent Sobleski has provided a list of a dozen small school prospects and has deemed one of them as a perfect fit with the Indianapolis Colts. That’s Southeast Missouri State receiver Ryan Flournoy.
Ideal Fit for the Colts: WR Ryan Flournoy (Southeast Missouri State)
Wide receiver Ryan Flournoy is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide receiver who began his collegiate career at Iowa Western Community College. Since transferring to the Redhawks, he has led the team in receiving yards, totaling 118 receptions for 1,823 yards and 13 touchdowns in two seasons.
Merely looking at this way, Flournoy immediately fits the Ballard bill as he is a team captain and is a certified athletic freak, two traits that general manager Chris Ballard and his team have been known to prioritize.
"He vertical-jumps 41 inches, broad-jumped 10-10 1/2; has been laser-timed at 4.40 in the 40 with a 4.35 hand time. His shuttle time this offseason was 4.22 and his L-drill is 6.66, which is less than a tenth of a second off Jaxon Smith-Njigba's 6.57, which was the quickest time of anyone at the 2023 NFL combine. Flournoy also has bench-pressed 350 pounds, power-cleaned 325 and squatted 510."- Bruce Feldman
SEMO's Ryan Flournoy will play at the 2024 Hula Bowl on Jan. 13 at FBC Mortgage Stadium in Orlando, Florida. This game is scheduled to kickoff at 11 a.m., CT and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.