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Scouts' Take: Outside Linebacker Trevor Bates

Intro: What went into the Colts selection of their eight draft picks in 2016? Hear from the scouts who have dissected these prospects from all over the country.


INDIANAPOLIS – A handful of NFL scouts, with more than 90 years of experience, chatting about the team's draft picks?

That is what had earlier this offseason in a roundtable with five Colts' scouts.

The five names listed below (titles at time of draft) traveled all over the country scouting college prospects last season. They have seen these draftees several times throughout their college seasons, at games, school visits and at Pro Days.

T.J. McCreight (Director of College Scouting)

Todd Vasvari (Assistant Director of College Scouting)

Matt Terpening (National Scout)

Dave Razzano (Senior Scout)

Jamie Moore (Area Scout)

What were your thoughts on seventh-round pick Trevor Bates (Maine)?

McCreight: "He can get to the quarterback. When you pick a guy later like that, you look for special traits and he plays hard. He's got ability. Another small school kid. We think he can make the transition. He was a guy that, shoot, I looked at him back in October on tape and he really caught my eye. We had more looks on him. He's an interesting player. The preseason is going to be an important thing for him to get out there, play on special teams, get after the quarterback. I like him."

Vasvari: "He's got the athletic ability. According to the coaches, when we brought him in for a top-30 visit, mentally he's a super sharp kid. He's probably going to cross train at two positions. That's hard to do, especially coming from a lower level of competition into the National Football League. I think he can help us as a rusher, definitely on special teams."

McCreight: "After the interview, we said, 'That's a Colt.'"

Terpening: "I think one thing that stands out with him is how his motor never stops in run or pass."

Vasvari: "He's kind of like Antonio (Morrison), they have to get a tackle on every play. Then re-fuel and on to the next play."

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