INDIANAPOLIS — Jamie Moore, an area scout for the Indianapolis Colts who focuses on the Southeast Region, talked to reporters following the 2018 NFL Draft about what he saw in running back Jordan Wilkins, the Colts’ fifth-round (169th-overall) pick in this year’s draft:
What’s Jordan Wilkins’ defining characteristic?
“OK. Interesting. So Jordan Wilkins, to me, he’s kind of got a little bit of everything. He’s a real smooth athlete — he’s a real smooth runner, probably moving faster than you think he is. He’s got really good vision; he’s probably got some of the best eyes in this draft class at the running back position, which is one of those things … like, you can always quantify how explosive they are with the athletic numbers, but the eyes and the vision, that’s something that you can only really see on tape. And they run a spread offense there — they run a lot of shotgun — and the guy sees plays develop, he’s very patient, he’s got great hands. Everything he does is really smooth. Like if you go to practice, you kind of go, ‘This guy’s a really smooth athlete,’ you know? And he kind of put it all together this (past) year, had a really good senior year, productive player in a good conference. You know, I think he’s one of those guys that kind of flew under the radar a little bit this year, and we’re happy to have him. And he’s going to complement Marlon (Mack), Nyheim (Hines) and those guys, so it’ll be a nice, crowded backfield, which Coach Reich has preached, like, ‘We’re going to use these guys. Here’s how we can use all these different guys.’”