Ryan Grigson, the General Manager who brought us Josh McNary, Jerrell Freeman, and Daniel Adongo, is at it again. Continuing their leave-no-stone-unturned approach, the Colts have signed former Arena League, Indoor Football League, Ultimate Indoor Football League (yes, those are different), and Gustavus Adophus College offensive tackle Jack Breckner.
From the Colts press release:
Breckner, 6-9, 320 pounds, most recently played with the Iowa Barnstormers (2013) of the Arena Football League. Prior to that, he spent time with the Chicago Slaughter (2012) of the Indoor Football League and Eastern Kentucky Drillers (2011) of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. Breckner was a four-year starter (2006-09) at Gustavus Adolphus College. As a senior in 2009, he started all 10 games at left tackle and earned All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors. Breckner blocked for an offensive line that helped the Gusties average 301.5 yards of total offense per game and rush for over 100 yards in each of the team’s final six games of 2009.
That’s right: Gusties. As far as we can tell, Breckner has some good quickness and agility for his impressive size, 36" arms, a 6-10 "wingspan," and he runs the 20-yard shuttle in 4.51 seconds. How do we know all this? Well, because Breckner posted his own highlights and workout videos on YouTube, of course.
There’s no telling whether the videos helped him get to where he is now, with a chance to make an NFL roster this fall, but they surely didn’t hurt his cause. Here are some of Breckner’s workout/highlight videos:
(Now, that's a ponytail right there.)
NFL scouts typically aren’t clamoring to find their next lineman in the Division III ranks. For players like Breckner, the path to the NFL tends to be a unique one, and right now, no one knows how to find such players quite like Ryan Grigson.
Breckner may or may not be a guy who develops into something special, but if nothing else, he has a chance to make the team as a solid, inexpensive depth player. Time (and several practices in the summer heat) will tell. Is it time for Training Camp yet?