Things are beginning to pick up for the Colts as they close the draft with three picks in the final 62 selections.
The first of those choices came late in the sixth round with Indianapolis adding Oregon safety John Boyett.
How does this pick impact the Colts?
When you get into the later rounds of the draft, guys with injury history seem to come off the board at a frequent rate.
That is the case with Boyett as he missed virtually all of his senior season with a knee injury.
Boyett is known as a hard-hitting safety and at 5’10” and 205 pounds he brought physicality to the backend of the Oregon secondary.
As a three-year starter for the Ducks, Boyett led Oregon in tackles twice during his career in Eugene. In 2010, Boyett earned All- America honors after recording 78 tackles, 14 pass deflections and five interceptions.
In Oregon’s 2012 Rose Bowl Championship win over Wisconsin, Boyett tied a bowl record with 17 tackles (13 solo.
Boyett indicated on a conference call with local media that he played through knee pain during his junior season and did not miss a game in his career at Oregon until 2012.
The starting safeties are all but set in Indianapolis with veterans LaRon Landy and Antoine Bethea.
Behind them, is a pair of special teams aces in Sergio Brown and Joe Lefeged.
Expect Boyett to join that mix and while the aggressive safety might not make an immediate impact there is no questioning his ability when healthy.
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