Round 5: Jordan Sterns, SS, Oklahoma State (6 feet, 201 pounds)
While Clayton Geathers is a set starter at safety for the Colts, the same cannot be said for T.J. Green. He struggled in his 2016 rookie season, and Indianapolis should draft some insurance as a result.
Jordan Sterns is an interesting prospect because he has really good production. However, he is not looked at as a highly valued safety. Some draft projections list him as a sixth or seventh round pick.
Sterns had 328 tackles, five interceptions and defended 12 passes in his career at Oklahoma State. He just came off his finest season with the Cowboys. He had 101 tackles, five defended passes and three interceptions. He earned All-Big 12 First Team honors.
Despite his solid production, he did not receive an invite to the NFL Combine. NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread listed him as one of the more notable non-invitees.
Goodbread mentions Sterns as a “box safety,” or a safety that plays close to the line of scrimmage. The Colts have use for that kind of safety, even though a coverage safety would be nice too.
They were 25th in rushing yards allowed and 30th in yards surrendered per carry. Adding a fast, run stopping safety to the roster would help. He may not be ready to start, but he would be great in situational schemes and special teams.
Following this fifth round selection, the Colts could be forced to focus back onto the offensive side of the ball. They could use another receiving option.