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  1. I hope you are right but it seems like smaller fast LBs end up getting run over a lot. Hopefully, we will be so far ahead that the opponents won't be able to run the ball.
  2. I'm wondering if we will have trouble with teams running right at us. It seems like the LBs are fast but not all that big. Dungy's defenses seem to have that trouble.
  3. An interview with Marshall University's safety Malik Gant. Colts Prospect Interviews: Marshall Safety Malik Gant By Zach Hicks Apr 16, 2019, 3:30pm EDT Share Tweet Share ShareColts Prospect Interviews: Marshall Safety Malik Gant tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images The Colts prospect interviews are rolling along as we approach the NFL Draft. Today’s player interview is Marshall Safety Malik Gant. The Colts could use a tone setter on the back end, and the hard-hitting Gant would be an excellent fit. The interview will be towards the bottom of the page, as he interviewed exclusively with Stampede Blue to talk about rising up from being a walk on to a star player, why he declared early for this draft, and how he would pair with Malik Hooker on the back end. Background Size: 5’11” 209 pounds Measurables: 40 Time: 4.63 / 10-yard split: 1.61 / Bench Reps: 17 Reps / Vertical Jump: 34.5 inches / Broad Jump: 114 inches / 3-Cone: 7.45 seconds Career Stats: 190 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, and 13 pass deflections in his career. Round Projection: Rounds 4-5 Fit with the Colts: The Colts still have a major need for a safety in this draft despite re-signing Matthias Farley and Clayton Geathers. Geathers has had his injury problems in the past and Farley is coming off of a season-ending injury. Adding a tone setter like Gant would be an excellent addition to the team. He may not be a great athlete, but he makes up for that deficiency with a tireless motor, excellent angles, and top-notch physicality. He is a tone setter on the back end that offenses are always aware of. The addition of Gant, to go along with the safety group the team already has, could make for a fun and physical group. Film Room Motor and closing speed stand out the most on film. Gant knows how to close ground in a hurry, and plays with a ton of effort on every play. Gant is solid in coverage as well, as he knows how to separate ball from man and be physical with bigger players. Gant is also a big hitter on almost every play (which got me a bit excited in this tweet). Interview ZH: You decided to walk on at Marshall out of high school. Why did you decide to go that route? MG: I didn’t really have any other choices, I didn’t have any offers from any other schools. The process was getting really difficult and my mother told me as a last resort she wants me to go to school just for my education, and I got accepted to most schools. Marshall was right down the road and was the cheapest process for me to be able to go to school. Once we got down there for a tour, the opportunity for me to be a walk on showed itself and my mother said it was a great opportunity for me to be able to play football and continue my education. ZH: How did it feel when you finally earned that scholarship last year? MG: It felt great because I was able to relieve my mother of having to pay for school after those first two years. It was just a great feeling because of that aspect. ZH: How did it feel to go from walk on to Team MVP after this past season? MG: It felt great. Not just for myself, but for being able to be a leader for everybody on the team from the walk ons to the people who get every single rep. Just being able to lead by example and show people that you can come from anything was really important for me. ZH: You decided to declare for this draft early, declaring after your redshirt Junior season. What went into deciding to leave college early? MG: I would say just the opportunity to be able to chase my dream and to be able to contribute and give back to my mother. She put the money into my dream those first two years when I was a walk on and helped me reach the point where I am at right now. Seeing the toll it took on her paying for those first two years, I really want to be able to give back to mother for everything she did for me. ZH: Going to your film, you don’t just tackle players. You tackle through them. How important is it to be a consistent tackler who leaves a mark on players when you are tackling? MG: The main thing that I think people shy away from is that hitting someone sticks in a person’s mind for an entire game. We are all human, you know. If you have to think about or second guess playing the same same way that you have always played, especially for offensive players, that slows down the way they usually play and that is an advantage for the defense and the entire team even. That is just the advantage of putting it into their head that if they go my direction, I’m going to make the tackle. ZH: Would you label yourself as a tone setter of a defense? MG: Yeah, most definitely. I set the tone for the entire defense on every play. ZH: A major aspect of playing safety, especially for strong safeties, is the ability to cover tight ends. Do you think you match up well with these athletic tight ends in the NFL? MG: Yeah definitely. I would say being able to be so versatile, with playing in the box and checking running backs and tight ends and slot receivers, is a strength for me. Being able to come down and play man or play zone is something I’m very prepared for. I’m fluid in my hips and I think I’d be great doing that. ZH: Who in the NFL do you model your game after/compare yourself to? MG: If I could compare myself to anyone, I would say Earl Thomas, who recently signed with the Ravens. He is just versatile. He can play anywhere on the field and there is no drop off in any position you put him at. ZH: How well do you think that you would pair with a ballhawking free safety in Malik Hooker? MG: I would say that I would be great because with my skill and his play as a ballhawk, we would be perfect with each other. You got a person who can play in the box and stop the run, when it is necessary, and check the tight ends and running backs and stop the short game, which helps out on the back end and allows him to roam back there. We could also switch roles even and make the defense even more fluid. ZH: Last question for you. On and off of the field, what is my team getting if they draft Malik Gant? What makes you stand out in this class? MG: If you look at my stats and you look at my style of play, there isn’t any safety that matches up with my versatility. Everybody is a safety who can play on the back end or play in the post but no one in this entire class this year has played as many snaps in the box as I have or has made as many stops for negative yardage at the line of scrimmage as I have. I don’t think anybody else compares to my ability as a safety around the line of scrimmage. Sponsored Content New Migraine Treatment That Will Take Care of You. Search For Severe MigraineMigraine Treatments | Sponsored Listings [Photos] A Man Was Just Trying to Help, How Lioness Responded Will Amaze YouBob's Hideout Walmart Cameras Captured These Hilarious PhotosBon Voyaged [Photos] The Wealthiest Actor of All Times is in the ‘Game of Thrones' CastBob's Hideout One Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder 16 Drawings That Perfectly Capture Married LifeEditor Choice Recommended by Ranking the AFC South ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft How did the Colts’ AFC rivals do in free-agency? Considering the Colts improved themselves in free-agency, how did Indy’s rivals do?
  4. Could the Colts be bringing in RBs for interviews just to get other teams to take RBs earlier than they might have wanted to?
  5. I don't watch film much so maybe I don't know what I'm looking for but he seems to be easily blocked and not overly quick. Again I don't watch film very much so maybe I'm wrong.
  6. We need all the supporters we can get. We are a smaller school with an important story. In case you didn't know, in 1970 almost our entire football team, with coaches and boosters were killed in a plane crash. The movie We Are Marshall is based on that and the year that followed. I started my college at Marshall that year. It was a surreal and really sad time.
  7. Great job as always. Chaos would reign supreme without you guys and girls, so thanks again.
  8. It comes from having to deal with the Cossacks.
  9. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.
  10. I like your mock especially since it has you drafting two players from Marshall(my alma mater). Both of those players would be great additions. Maybe adding Tyre Brady for good measure.
  11. Kraft will probably get charged with assault with a dead weapon.
  12. I live in Huntington, WV, that's West by God Virginia. I'm also cheap so I watch the Colts when on TV but end up listening to them on the radio.
  13. It seems like not too long ago that the forum was screaming for the trenches to be built.
  14. Hi Nadine, I've been looking at the posts that just seem to roll and it seems that all or at least most of them have tweets on them. I don't know if this helps or not but I thought I would say something.

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    2. Nadine

      Nadine

      OK, the problem is Internet Explorer.  I saw what you are talking about and will ask IP to take a look.  In the mean time, please use another browser, that will take care of the problem

    3. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      I am out of likes, thanks Nadine.

    4. Coltsfan1953

      Coltsfan1953

      Thanks Nadine. That was driving me crazy.

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