In the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, the Indianapolis Colts continued to show some love for the south.
The Colts drafted two players fresh out of the SEC on Saturday, selecting defensive tackle Josh Chapman out of Alabama with the 136th pick and running back Vick Ballard out of Mississippi State with the 170th selection.
Chapman, a senior off the defending national champion Alabama squad, is 6'1 and 316 pounds that is believed to be a great run stopper. He finished with 23 tackles, 10 solo, one sack, 3.5 tackles for losses and two passes broken up this past season, and started in 25 of his 54 career games at Alabama. He suffered a torn ACL and meniscus during the 2011 season, but still played the season through and had season during the off-season in January.
Chapman is believed to be healthy and 100% ready for training camp.
Indianapolis also selected Vick Ballard out of Mississippi State, a 5'10 back that averaged 6.2 yards-per-carry average on 193 carries as a senior for the Bulldogs.
With the 36th pick of round number six (251st overall) the Colts selected wide receiver Lavon Brazill from Ohio University. Brazill was a senior out of the MAC, finishing with 1,150 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was the most valuable player of the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
With the first pick of the seventh round (pick 253) the Colts selected senior Justin Anderson. Anderson stands at 6'4 and 335 pounds, and started all 14 games his final year.
Pick 259 landed the Colts Tim Fugger, an outside linebacker out of Vanderbilt. The Commodores senior is just a hair under 6'4 and 248 pounds, and was second team All-SEC honors in the coaches' ballot.. Fugger finished the 2011 season with 7.5 saccks and 13.5 tackles for loss.
Lastly the Colts decided to find value in the 253rd selection this year, bookending the draft with quarterbacks by snagging Northern Illinois' Chandler Harnish to close out the proceedings.
"At the end of the day, I'm just happy to be wanted by a team and I'm happy to be an Indianapolis Colt," Harnish said. "(The Colts) have been my hometown favorite team all the way through and now I can put that license plate back on my car."
The 185th-rated prospect overall by NFLDraftScout.com, Harnish was the No. 10-rated quarterback entering the draft. He has decent size at 6-2, 219 pounds, and is coming off a record-setting senior year in which he racked up a single-season school record 4,324 all-purpose yards.