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CURRENT COLTS REMEMBER THEIR OWN DRAFT MOMENTS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 25, 2013 – 10:00 am

With the 2013 NFL Draft less than 12 hours away, Colts.com takes a look back at a few of the team’s recent draft picks and their stories of draft weekend:

Running Back Delone Carter (2011 NFL Draft: Pick 4-119)

Carter came out of Syracuse fresh off a dominating 2010 Pinstripe Bowl performance (197 yards on 28 carries) but he wasn’t about to read into any draft projections. Watching with family and friends, Carter actually dozed off during the 2011 NFL Draft before his mom awoke him with a phone call from the Colts.

On Wednesday, Carter offered some advice to prospects who will spend the next three days nervously awaiting their name to be called at Radio City Music Hall.

“Enjoy the process,” Carter said. “Don’t get too anxious and get yourself out of the element of having fun with it. It’s a blessing and it will never happen again. It’s something you’ve been training for your whole life and you’re having the opportunity to have it happen.”

Defensive Tackle Drake Nevis (2011 NFL Draft: Pick 3-87)

It was getting late on day two of the 2011 NFL Draft and Nevis was in his home state of Louisiana watching the draft with his family.

Nevis hailed from LSU, where NFL defensive linemen were abundant. The National Championship winning Nevis was added to that list when then Colts general manager Bill Polian phoned the Tigers defensive end.

“It was exciting because that’s what you dream about all your life, playing in the National Football League,” Nevis said. “Even though that’s the beginning, you know that’s where the next phase of your career is going to be.”

Running Back Vick Ballard (2012 NFL Draft: 5-170)

As the fifth round was coming to a close in last April’s draft, Vick Ballard still felt a bit of a burden. He was coming off back-to-back seasons of 980+ rushing yards in the vaunted SEC West, yet was still waiting to hear his dream come true.

“When I got drafted, it was a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Ballard said. “To me, it was the first step to becoming a professional football player.”

Offensive Tackle Justin Anderson (2012 NFL Draft: 7-208)

Anderson did not really know what to expect after injuries held him back during his time at Georgia. For Anderson, he was simply praying that he would hear his name called; the round or position did not matter.

“I couldn’t even watch it past the fourth round,” Anderson said. “I just stopped watching it and I didn’t watch it anymore until I got called. The Steelers called me in the sixth round saying they had a couple of picks coming up. About 10 minutes after I hung up with them the Colts called and it was the best feeling in the world.”


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ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on November 19, 2012 – 5:34 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today activated guard Justin Anderson from the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List, signed cornerback Marshay Green to the practice squad and waived tight end Kyle Miller.

Anderson, 6-5, 342 pounds, was originally selected by the Colts in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Georgia. He started 26-of-40 games for the Bulldogs and was named Freshman All-SEC by the league’s coaches and to Phil Steele’s All-Freshman second-team in 2008. He also earned recognition for Freshman Honorable Mention Team honors by CollegeFootballNews.com.

As a senior in 2011, Anderson started all 14 games, helping lead the school to a 10-4 record and berths in the SEC Championship Game and Outback Bowl.

Green, 5-10, 175 pounds, was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on October 1, 2012 and was elevated to the active roster on October 29. He appeared in one game this season against Jacksonville (11/8) and made three solo tackles. He was waived on November 16.

Miller, 6-5, 260 pounds, appeared in the team’s last contest at New England (11/18). He joined the Colts as a free agent on April 3, 2012 and was waived on August 31. He was then signed to the practice squad a day later and elevated to the active roster on November 12. Miller was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Mount Union on July 26, 2011 before being waived on September 3.


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ANDERSON JOINS CHAPMAN ON THE PRACTICE FIELD

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 1, 2012 – 8:29 am

Last week it was Josh Chapman finally strapping on pads for the first time in the NFL.

Now it’s time for the man next to him in the Colts locker room, rookie offensive guard Justin Anderson, to hit the practice field.

Anderson spent the first half of his rookie season on the physically unable to perform list and now can being practicing with the team, as the Colts exercise a three-week window on whether or not to place him on the 53-man roster for the remainder of the season.”

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Anderson said on Wednesday. “It’s been a long time coming. It’s been a slow process but I’m finally back. I’m hoping everything goes as planned.”

It was a difficult offseason for Anderson. Besides a turf injury during his junior season at Georgia, the six-foot-five-inches and 342-pounds Anderson has never had to deal with an injury that has kept him out this long.

While he couldn’t be out in the trenches during practice, Anderson has been ingrained in the film room trying to soak everything in so when this week eventually came he would be more than prepared.

“That’s pretty much all I could do which is not the same,” Anderson said of only getting mental reps. “It’s always better when you’re doing them physically. Mental reps are all that I’ve been getting since camp and it’s time to put them to use.”

At training camp, it was Anderson and Chapman routinely seen on the adjacent practice field rehabbing with each other in hopes of getting on the playing field in their rookie seasons.

Anderson cracked a smile on Wednesday afternoon knowing that in less than an hour he would be putting on the pads for the first of what he hopes is many times in his NFL career.

“I’m kind of excited,” Anderson said. “I kind of got butterflies a little bit because I haven’t played football in a while. I’m kind of excited.”


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS OG-JUSTIN ANDERSON RETURNS TO PRACTICE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 31, 2012 – 11:29 am

The Indianapolis Colts today announced that offensive guard Justin Anderson will begin practicing with the team. He will remain on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List during this time.

The Colts will have up to three weeks from today to elevate Anderson to the 53-man active roster or he will remain on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List for the rest of the season.

Anderson, 6-5, 342 pounds, was originally selected by the Colts in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Georgia. He started 26-of-40 games for the Bulldogs and was named Freshman All-SEC by the league’s coaches and to Phil Steele’s All-Freshman second-team in 2008. He also earned recognition for Freshman Honorable Mention Team honors by CollegeFootballNews.com.

As a senior in 2011, Anderson started all 14 games, helping lead the school to a 10-4 record and berths in the SEC Championship Game and Outback Bowl.


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