Colts sign second-rounder Braden Smith Jersey

The Colts signed second-round pick Braden Smith today, giving them 10 of their 11 picks under contract.
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Smith, a guard from Auburn, was the 37th overall pick, one of the selections they acquired from the Jets in the trade down from the third overall pick to sixth.

Smith’s also part of a significant overhaul for the line which will protect quarterback Andrew Luck one of these days. They also used their first-rounder on guard Quenton Nelson. They also added veteran tackle Austin Howard and guard Matt Slauson in free agency.

Rookie first-rounder [Calvin] Ridley should utilize his strong route-running skills and knack for picking up chunks of yards after the catch as the team’s third option early on. At tight end, [Austin] Hooper (49 catches, 526 yards, Su’a Cravens Authentic Jersey three touchdowns) is an ascending talent with breakout potential, and he’s bolstered at that spot by veteran [Logan] Paulsen and rookie fifth-rounder [Eric] Saubert. Add in fourth-year receiver [Justin] Hardy and the speedy [Marvin] Hall, and the Falcons have the deepest, most complete pass-catching corps in the league.

Here are some of the main takeaways and other observations from the Falcons’ minicamp session on Wednesday.

In Rayshawn Jenkins Jersey his first few full-team practices, rookie cornerback Isaiah Oliver has already made a strong impression on his teammates. Starting safety Ricardo Allen praised Oliver for both his maturity and physical ability following practice.

He’s new, but he’s real mature, Allen said. He and I were partners when we were doing a mentoring group, he was my mentee. So, I got to talk to him a lot. He’s very mature, and he’s real smart. And he’s much faster than I even thought he was; he can run with any wide receiver.

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