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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Instincts key Colts safety Boyett

By Paul Kuharsky

The Colts took a crack at upgrading their safety depth, spending their sixth-round pick, 192nd overall, on Oregon free safety John Boyett.

At 5-foot-10, he may not be tall. With 4.64 speed he may not be fast.

He is the sort of player, however, who has a chance to make up for those things with elite intangibles, instincts and recognition.

Per Scouts Inc.:
"Possesses upper echelon instincts and diagnostic skills. Clearly does his homework and shows an understanding of opposing offenses formations, tendencies and route combinations. Plays with discipline and very rarely is caught out of position. Does a nice job of reading quarterbacks eyes allowing him to get an early jump on breaks. Also flashes route recognition and anticipation skills."

He’ll do well to learn from Antoine Bethea, who’s heading into his eighth season and is also quite good in the instinct and recognition departments.