INDIANAPOLIS – It's often said that playing the cornerback position at the NFL level takes a unique level of confidence.
However much confidence/swagger is needed to play on Sunday's, new Colts cornerback Quincy Wilson believes he's got it.
"You got to have the confidence to play this position and I feel like I definitely have that and that's why I make the plays that I make," Wilson said after the Colts selected him at No. 46 overall on Friday night.
Cornerback was the most glaring need the Colts had entering the 2017 NFL Draft.
After going safety in Round One (Malik Hooker), the cornerback came in the 6-1, 213-pound Wilson.
Unlike Hooker's playmaking via turnovers, the Colts are getting a player in Wilson who simply denied offenses trying to throw his way this past season.
Wilson's 29.9 quarterback rating allowed in 2016 was the lowest for any SEC cornerback, college football's best conference. Wilson gave up just 16 catches on 49 targets during his junior season, his final one at Florida.
Even though Wilson was a frequent name in the first round of Mock Drafts, he fell to the middle of Round Two.
The Colts began to show their hand to Wilson (24 career starts at Florida) recently, when they started to contact his high school coaches for more background information.
In Indianapolis, Wilson will see plenty of opportunity to secure a starting position.
"I definitely feel like I can step in and play from Day One," Wilson said about the open starting job opposite Vontae Davis.
From a sheer immediate need standpoint, the pick of Wilson was higher on the list than that of Hooker, when talking strictly about 2017 and the state of the current roster.
If Wilson does indeed run out with the starting lineup on Sept. 10 in Los Angeles, do not be surprised to see some chatter from the rookie cornerback.
"I definitely am a talker," Wilson says.
"I'm a shutdown corner. I feel like I frustrate a lot of receivers and get them off their games. That's where I come in and make plays."
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