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INDIANAPOLIS – The trade that seemed only a matter of time finally came to fruition on Saturday afternoon.

In trading Quincy Wilson to the Jets, the Colts then took UMass cornerback Isaiah Rodgers with the 211th pick.

Here are 3 takeaways on the move:

1. Quincy Wilson Gone

Let’s start with the Quincy Wilson tenure ending before the final year of his rookie contract. This moved seemed like a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if.’ Wilson wasn’t a favorite of the Chuck Pagano coaching staff, nor the Frank Reich coaching staff. There were questions about his scheme fit and general maturity, for a guy who was drafted at the age of 20. Wilson’s lack of success in a zone defense and his non-usage on special teams were issues. When the Colts went out and signed Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie this offseason, Wilson seemed like he would be moving during the draft. Add Wilson, a 2017 second-round pick, to the list of Colts’ busts from that Draft (including Tarell Basham-Round 3 and Zach Banner-Round 4). For the third straight year, the Colts traded a player for a late Day 3 pick (Henry Anderson-2018, Hassan Ridgeway-2019).

2. Who Is Rodgers?

At 5-10 and 171 pounds, Rodgers doesn’t bring obvious size measurables that lead to Chris Ballard drafted cornerbacks. Where Rodgers really stands out is his kick return background, running a 4.28 40-yard dash at his agency’s private Pro Day. Rodgers said he primarily played outside as a corner at UMass and recorded 4 interceptions and 10 passes defensed in his final season at UMass. He led all of FBS in 53 kick returns for 1,295 yards, while also being a gunner. Rodgers is the cousin of long-time NFL corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

3. Cornerback Outlook

For Rodgers to make this team, he’s going to need to establish himself on special teams (something Wilson failed to do). His return background is attractive, but the Colts also have recent draftees in Nyheim Hines and Parris Campbell that could be in line for those duties. If the Colts are keeping 5 cornerbacks, Kenny Moore, Rock Ya-Sin, Xavier Rhodes, Marvell Tell and T.J. Carrie seem to be the early favorites there. Given Carrie’s age (29) and contract situation (1-year deal), Rogers will probably get a nickel cornerback look to offer some depth behind Moore. Again, a special teams impact is a must for Rodgers.

 

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