Colts rookie minicamp questions

May, 15, 2014
May 15
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts open their three-day rookie minicamp Friday. It will be the first time the media gets a chance to talk to the draft picks and undrafted free agents face to face.

Here are three questions heading into the camp.

Can the transition be made?

Two of the Colts’ draft picks -- Jack Mewhort and Jonathan Newsome -- will be making the transition from playing one position in college to likely a different one in the NFL.

Mewhort has played every position on the offensive line at one point in his football career, but he started at tackle during his final season Ohio State. He will likely end up playing guard in the NFL. General manager Ryan Grigson said during a radio interview this week that Mewhort reminds him of New England’s Logan Mankins.

Newsome played defensive end at Ball State. Just like his new teammate Robert Mathis, though, Newsome will transition to a rush linebacker in coach Chuck Pagano’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Newsome likes the comparison to Mathis, now he just has to try to live up to that comparison.

From hoopster to football player?

What Mewhort and Newsome have to do is nothing compared to what tight end Erik Swoope is about to experience.

Swoope spent four seasons playing basketball at the University of Miami. Now he’s attempting to become an NFL tight end.

Easy, right?

That is what Swoope and the Colts hope. Swoope has been working out with New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham, another basketball-player-turned-tight end, in the offseason.

It’s going to be a challenge for Swoope, but the Colts are going to give the undrafted free agent a shot to make the roster.

Loading up on cornerbacks?

The Colts signed 20 undrafted free agents after the draft last weekend. Five of those signings were cornerbacks.

Greg Toler (as long as he stays healthy) and Vontae Davis will be the starters next season. Darius Butler will be the nickelback and Josh Gordy will be the fourth defensive back. There is at least one more spot -- probably two -- open after Cassius Vaughn signed with Detroit.

Loucheiz Purifoy is a player to keep an eye on. Purifoy, who played at Florida, had the talent to get drafted, but character issues kept teams away. The Colts have been willing to give players like Purifoy a shot to prove themselves to the coaches and front office personnel.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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