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Meeting Colts Seventh Round Pick Ulrick John

Intro: Over the next week, will take a closer look at each of the Colts 2014 draft picks. First up is seventh-round pick Ulrick John.





INDIANAPOLIS – Ulrick John has the proper perspective on the big picture.

A first glance at John, and you can see why the 6-5, 288-pound tackle has a long-term outlook.

There's plenty of room to add to John's current frame and the Colts seventh-round pick is ready to transform his body.

"I've been told that by everybody I've met," John says of his ideal offensive tackle frame.

"They say I have the prototypical left tackle body. My main thing is I have to get bigger and that's what I'm working on now."

The Colts had their eye on the intriguing John throughout the draft process.

Ryan Grigson said the Colts were pleased with how John performed against the likes of Alabama and West Virginia this past year.

John was brought to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center for a pre-draft visit and further interaction, and a private workout, with offensive line coach Joe Gilbert, sold the Colts on the Georgia State tackle.

"To me, he's a true left tackle prospect. He's a developmental guy," Grigson says of John.

"He's competitive, but he's very athletic and he's got room to grow. I'd like to see how he looks a year from now with (strength coach) Roger Marandino and our weight program because we feel like he has some upside."


Trent Miles, the head coach at Georgia State, agrees with Grigson's outlook for John.

When Miles arrived to Georgia State in 2013, he saw a long, rangy tackle in John who had the ability to play multiple positions.

The athleticism was evident watching film and also when Miles clocked John right around five seconds in a 40-yard dash.

A lack of training tables and a torn labrum, held John back in his capacity to add the proper weight to his slender frame.

That won't be a problem in the NFL.

"Get him in an NFL weight room, get him eating the right things, the right way and he can blow up," Miles says.

"His best football is ahead of him. His potential to grow, his potential to put on weight...within a few months he'll be a 310, 315-pound guy that looks slim and he can run."

Putting John's physical potential aside, Miles knows that his former tackle will fit right into what the Colts organization is all about.

Miles was the head coach at Indiana State from 2008-2012 and believes John will fit right in with the Colts.

"He's got great values, good family. He's a high character person. He will be involved in the program and he will represent the Colts and their organization in a first class manner," Miles says of John.

John knows continuing to add strength along with following the tutelage of guys like Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus is his primary focus in 2014.

In 2013, the Colts properly developed guys through their practice squad in Josh McNary and Daniel Adongo.

How John's 2014 season pans out is to be determined but there will be many watchful eyes into seeing him physically grow over the next year.

"(John) was kind of an unknown," Grigson said.

"It's going to be interesting to see how he develops because the athletic core and character, size and all those things are there, and he knows how to play the game."

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