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Colts Players Hit The Field, Talk 2015 Draft Class

Intro: The Colts locker room is about to get a little more crowded with rookies entering the building. What do some players, who know the 2015 rookies well, think of the selections?





INDIANAPOLIS – Temperatures in the 80s and players on the field?

It must be Training Camp?

Well, not quite.

The Colts are in Week Three of their offseason program and the start of Phase II means the chance to get back on the field with position coaches and coordinators able to instruct guys.

"Doing a lot of technique work," Andrew Luck said of the main focus for the next two weeks of Phase Two.

"It's been great. Be elementary about everything, act like you have never heard it before. Build that rhythm. Build rhythm with the wide receivers, with the backs, get everybody on the same page with what we are doing."

With participation at the offseason program still including virtually every key ingredient for 2015, the Colts are about to add more than 20 rookies the next few days for rookie mini-camp.

On Wednesday, caught up with players in the locker room who know the Colts draft picks pretty well:

Wide Receiver Phillip Dorsett

In typical 'U' fashion, Andre Johnson knows a lot about Dorsett, particularly after working out with the Colts first-round pick in past offseasons:

"I had a chance to really spend a lot of time with (Dorsett) this offseason, because I had been down there training. I had a chance to talk with him, answering any questions for him.

"I remember when he came in as a freshman, the first thing that stood out about him was his speed. I was amazed at how fast he was as a freshman. You saw those explosive plays and stuff when he played. When I saw he got picked, I was pretty excited about it. I'm a guy, I don't believe you can ever have enough weapons.

"It's crazy. We have a lot of 'U' guys here, coaches. It's a great feeling. It's great to see these guys and be around them. It makes me feel like home. It makes things a lot easier when you have a lot of familiar faces around."

Duron Carter was a high school teammate of Dorsett's at St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida:

"I was a senior when he was a sophomore. He took the reigns over when I left. He was good. I remember his first day when he came out to summer workouts and I was like, 'Who's this little kid out there running routes?' His junior year, that was his year to step up and he did great. I'm super happy for him and excited to play on the same side of the ball as him."

Erik Swoope is a fellow Miami product, but Swoope's interaction with Dorsett was a bit limited having played basketball for the Hurricanes:

"The only times that I saw him at Miami he was either studying for class or he was doing something to take care of his body. It was as plain and simple as that. I saw him a little bit this summer and he was either training or doing something to make sure he was good for the draft. He's going to be a fantastic addition to this team."

Cornerback D'John SmithDuron Carter is also familiar with "DJ" Smith after the two briefly crossed paths at Florida Atlantic:

"That's my guy. He never backs down from anything, fiery. He's from Miami Northwestern (High School). I love south Florida cats. We think we have the best football out there. The more south Florida cats (with the Colts), I feel the better."

Defensive End Henry Anderson

Andrew Luck on the third-round pick:

"Big, tall, athletic, strong, fast, moves around real well, high motor."

Griff Whalen on Anderson:

"He really developed a good skill set for himself, a lot of different things he can do, so that will be exciting to see what he can do at this level."

Defensive Tackle David Parry

Luck on Parry and then both of the Stanford additions:

"Stout inside, great guy. I think he's a former wrestler so he's tough in there.

"Good, tough guys that I think will fit in with the d-line room and this team."

Whalen on Parry and then both of the Stanford draft picks:

"David Parry came in as a walk-on (Whalen was also a walk-on) and had an incredible work ethic, got in the playbook and weight room a ton and got himself on the field right away."

"I worked out with them a few weeks ago so actually saw them this spring. Really, really solid guys. Both of them are guys we can count on, guys we can trust. They won't have a problem adjusting to this locker room, this lifestyle. I could see both of those guys contributing a bunch right a way."

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