NFL Training Camps: Indianapolis Colts Rookie Report

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Malik Hooker
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Malik Hooker /

The Indianapolis Colts made a point to improve their defense this offseason and that includes their first three draft picks.

It was a bit of a surprise to see Malik Hooker fall into the Indianapolis Colts lap. He features top-10 talent but mainly dropped because of injury concerns. However, it appeared that Hooker would be ready for the start of training camp but has suffered a setback.

Hooker’s health will be a key to the Colts turning around their defense. They drafted him to be a ball-hawking center fielder on the back end of their defense. His combination of ball skills and quickness make him a major turnover threat.

It’s still early in the process so there’s time for Hooker to get back to full strength and make an impact.

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The Colts rookie class does feature defenders Quincy Wilson and Tarell Basham capable of making an impact. Wilson is a long and physical cornerback. He’s someone who shows quick feet which helps him keep in-phase with his target.

There isn’t much competition for him right now which means he should open the season as a starter.

Tarell Basham should be a major part of the Colts pass rushing attack. He’s a quick-twitch athlete who excels at generating pressure on the quarterback. Basham will work alongside Jabaal Sheard, John Simon and Barkevious Mingo.

The offense added some depth along the offensive line with the massive Zach Banner. He’s looking at a likely position shift from offensive tackle to guard. His size and raw strength make him an ideal fit along the interior.

Look for running back Marlon Mack to be given a chance to earn some carries. The Colts need someone to give Frank Gore a breather from time to time. Mack’s only competition for that role is Robert Turbin who has struggled to stay healthy.