Brazill drafted by Colts
Indianapolis takes WR in sixth round
Saturday, April 28, 2012
NEW YORK Ė Ohio wide receiver LaVon Brazill was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the final pick, 206th overall, of the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
He is the 30th player in school history to be drafted, including the fourth in the last five years. Wide receiver Taylor Price, taken in the third round of the 2010 draft by the New England Patriots, was the last Ohio player drafted.
Brazill, 5-11 and 191 pounds, closed out his career at Ohio in 2011 by setting the school single-season records for receptions with 74, yards with 1,146 and touchdowns with 11. He also is the schoolís all-time career leader in receptions with 189 and yards receiving with 2,511.
Indianapolis used the top overall pick in the draft on Thursday to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts then concentrated on surrounding him with talent, picking offensive players with eight of their 10 picks, including using another receiver, Florida Internationalís T.Y. Hilton, in the third round.
The Colts re-signed leading receiver Reggie Wayne in the offseason, but did not retain their second-leading receiver Pierre Garcon in free agency. Austin Collie is the only other player on the teamís roster who made more than three catches in 2011.
Ohio linebacker Noah Keller was thought to have a chance and being a late draft selection, but he was not among the eight Mid-American Conference players taken. He signed an undrafted free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams.
Wide receiver Phil Bates signed with the Seattle Seahawks and punter Paul Hershey signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Offensive lineman A.J. Strum has been invited to attend rookie mini-camp with the Detroit Lions.