WORDS OF WISDOM: The list of 13 undrafted and unsigned players trying out for a spot with the Colts this weekend includes three men with Indiana connections — Marian University kicker Mike Josifovski, Indiana State defensive end Jordan Bright and Mount Union safety Nick Driskill, who hails from Wabash.
Like the 10 other rookies hoping for a place on the 90-man roster and an invitation to training camp this summer at Anderson University, the Hoosier trio faces long odds.
But Pagano gave all the underdogs hope during the team’s first meeting.
“I told them (Thursday) night, ‘You’re here. I don’t care how you got here, but you’re sitting in an NFL meeting right now. You made it to this point,’” Pagano said after Friday’s practice. “We talked about a lot of guys. We talked about a guy like defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, who sat around in 1988 when they had 12 rounds in the draft. Guys sit around for seven now and act miserable. Can you imagine sitting around for 12 rounds? He sat there and went undrafted for 12 rounds and ended up getting in a camp and played 12 years in the National Football League. Anything can happen. You’re here. We don’t care how you got here. Take advantage of the opportunity.”