INDIANAPOLIS —For the second time on the final day of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts have added a running back.
The Colts on Saturday selected Mississippi running back Jordan Wilkins with their fifth-round (169th-overall) pick. The Colts had already taken N.C. State running back Nyheim Hines in the fourth round earlier in the day.
Wilkins — who brings size to the position at 6-foot-1 and 216 pounds — is coming off an 1,000-yard season for the Rebels, in which he collected 155 carries for 1,011 yards with nine touchdowns in 12 starts, earning Second Team All-Southeastern Conference honors from Pro Football Focus.
After redshirting his true freshman season, Wilkins had 52 carries for 361 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as a receiving touchdown his freshman season, and had 379 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns the following year. He missed the entire 2016 season "due to an academic suspension, partially due to an administrative foul-up," according to analyst Lance Zierlein in Wilkins' NFL.com Draft Profile.
Competition is going to be the name of the game this offseason for the Colts' crowded running backs room, which also includes the likes of Hines, Marlon Mack, Robert Turbin, Matt Jones, Josh Ferguson and Christine Michael.
For more on this development, check back with Colts.com. For now, here's Wilkins' overview in his NFL.com Draft Profile:
*Finesse runner with good size and great agility with the lateral agility to elude tacklers in the open field and the speed to make them feel it. Wilkins lacks the aggressive running demeanor to take it to tacklers, but he does have moments of effectiveness along the interior thanks to his footwork and vision. Wilkins 12 carries against Alabama could be hard for teams to ignore as they look to project his NFL potential. He should find work as a solid backup with a shot at finding starter's carries at some point.