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Buddy Jackson's Chances Of Making The Colts Roster

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Buddy Jackson is trying to catch on with the Colts (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Buddy Jackson is trying to catch on with the Colts (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Pitt's Buddy Jackson went unselected in this year's NFL Draft, but was later picked up as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts. Whether he can stick with the team or not is another story, though.

SB Nation's Colts blog, Stampede Blue, weighed in recently with his chances.

Jackson probably got a look because of his excellent pro day before the draft. The Colts gave him a shot, but was slowed a bit due to injury.

Stampede Blue is a bit skeptical on Jackson, but as I did in that injury link, concludes he has a shot at making the team because of the instability in the secondary:

Regardless of how good of a player Jackson is, he's already in one of the best positions to make the roster among the group of undrafted free agents.

Jerraud Powers is really the only cornerback who is guaranteed a roster spot at this point. Between players like Kevin Thomas, Terrance Johnson, Chris Rucker and Cassius Vaughn, can anyone say with 100 percent certainty that any of them will make the roster?

I can't. And I can't think of another position with that much unpredictability.

Therefore, just by the nature of Jackson's position, he has a better chance of making the team than many of the undrafted free agents, even if I still don't expect him to contribute much as a cornerback if he does make it.

I'm not up on the Colts' situation enough and being so far away from the start of the season, it's nearly impossible to rate Jackson's chances at this point. But as Stampede Blue points out, he's got NFL size and that's a start. I also think his special teams abilities will help him and if he makes the roster, that will probably be at least part of the reason since he's not likely to step in right away and contribute heavily to the secondary.

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