Indianapolis Colts’ McAfee training with Columbus Crew

The punter for NFL team Indianapolis Colts, Pat McAfee, is training with outfit .

Crew coach Robert Warzycha revealed to the Columbus Dispatch that the 23-year old was joining in pre-season training to see if he had what it takes to play at the top level.

McAfee is still contracted to the Colts but is just believed to be testing himself in a different environment which Warzycha explained, adding that you never know what may come up in the future.

“He wanted to be in a pro environment and try it out,” said Warzycha.

“I don’t think we would close the door to anybody just because they play a different sport.

“We’ll see what happens next. I don’t think we’ll take him to Phoenix (for preseason camp), but he can play and he knows the game. He kicked the (heck) out of a few balls.”

2009 NFL Draft two years out: Indianapolis Colts

Category: , Author : Joshua Lobdell Posted: March 24, 2011
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In the two years since the 2009 NFL draft I have gone back and forth on the Indianapolis Colts class a heck of a lot. In the beginning I gave them high marks, a year out it looked like an underperforming class. Now we sit two years out and it looks like the Colts landed one starter, a punter, and several key backups in this class. That may not be great, but it is certainly pretty good.

Here is a quick look at the 2009 Colts draft class:

•Round One (27)- Donald Brown RB
•Round Two (56)- Fili Moala DT
•Round Three (92)- Jerraud Powers DB
•Round Four (127)- Austin Collie WR
•Round Four (136)- Terrance Taylor DT
•Round Six (201)- Curtis Painter QB
•Round Seven (222)- Pat McAfee P
•Round Seven (236)- Jaimie Thomas T

So Donald Brown is a pretty effective backup running back, and his touches went way up in 2010. He is not a flashy guy, but he gets his team the tough yards and there is a lot to be said for that. Fili Moala is a decent back up DT, and Jerraud Powers might not have made it as a DB, but is this team’s  punt returner.

Sure Austin Collie missed a good part of the 2010 season with a concussion, but he but up the same numbers in 9 games in 2010 as he did in 16 in 2009. That seems to indicate he is becoming a key component of the Colts offense. Painter is now the backup QB, and Pat McAfee has been an adequate punter. So was this class a home run? No, clearly not but it was not all that bad either.