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Colts Hoping To Mold Rookie Denzelle Good Into An NFL Offensive Tackle

Intro: With the No. 255 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Colts surprised just about everyone, including the player himself, 6-5, 339-pound Denzelle Good.


INDIANAPOLIS – NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock was at a loss for words.

That doesn't usually happen for Mayock when it comes to the more than dozen hours of draft coverage spanning three days and more than 250 draft picks each year.

With the 38th pick of the seventh round, No. 255 overall, the Indianapolis Colts select Denzelle Good, tackle, from Mars Hill.

Even Good, himself, had to pause.

"I was very surprised," Good told WNDE last week.

"Coming out, I definitely wasn't expecting to get drafted. I was hoping for a free agent deal. When I saw my name on that screen, I lost all control. I was crying like a baby."

Good should have known better.

With a roster including 90 players, Ryan Grigson is known for his surprises when scouring every avenue each offseason.

The latest example was Good, hailing from Division II Mars Hill in North Carolina.

Good participated at Regional and Super Regional Combines this offseason where the Colts saw enough to fly offensive quality control coach Frank Giufre down to work out the 6-5, 339-pound offensive tackle.

"Right after the workout, (Good) dunked effortlessly and really got pretty high above the rim for a 340-pound cat," Grigson said of Good's athleticism following the draft.

"Frank really liked the kid and liked the workout, and again, the film, he had moments of dominance at the Division II level."

Coming out of high school in 2010, Good initially began his collegiate career at North Carolina State.

Good left N.C. State following his freshman season and sat out the game of football completely from 2010-2011.

When a coach from Mars Hill inquired about Good putting the pads back on, the big man jumped at it.

"He's a unique individual," Mars Hill coach Tim Clifton said of Good.

"Guys usually that big can't move like he can move. He has quickness and feet and agility. You just watch him play a little bit and you think, 'Gosh, that looks like a skill guy.' He moves extremely well and he has unbelievable balance."

In three seasons at Mars Hill, Good did not allow a sack in 31 starts.

Dominance like that has Clifton, and Grigson, believing in the potential Good could reach at the highest of levels.

"The biggest key for him will be adjusting to the speed," Clifton said. "He's going to see different speed as everybody knows. That's not to say he didn't play against good players in our league but he sees them every day, all day up there, instead of one every three or four weeks he's going to see one every week, every practice.

"He moves so well that if he can grasp what they want quick enough, which he's a very intelligent young man, too, I think they found a guy that has a lot of upside and can continue to get better every day and I think he wants to get better."

The Colts new rookies take the field for the first time today during rookie mini camp.

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