Dwight Freeney made his first appearance of Colts mini-camp on the last day of work outs and almost snagged an interception during team drills. The play a total role reversal for the seasoned veteran who's used to rushing the passer as a defensive end.
Freeney is making the switch to outside linebacker like teammate Robert Mathis as the team transitions from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.
"It's going to be interesting, it's fun right now at least just doing something different. I've been doing it one way for 11 years now so it's fun to do something different. You know it's a proven system and we'll see what happens," said Freeney.
"I like it it just shows, him and Rob, versatility you know everybody always looks at them as rush ends. I think it will be a lot of fun in September seeing those guys dropping back and hopefully getting some picks," said Safety Antonie Bethea.
With players heading home, the Colts front office will now settle in a few days of important work in this year's NFL draft. The team has already confirmed they will select quarterback Andrew Luck with the number one overall pick. Luck can get to work right away, he will receive his playbook tonight and should get a lot of advice from a coach that is used to nurturing young minds. Colts offensive coordinator was the quarterbacks coach in Indianapolis when the team drafted Peyton Manning 14 years ago.
"I think you have to keep the game simple. The one's like him and Peyton and Ben they are like piranhas they eat information and gobble it up then you let them run with it. They make it work because they understand it. I let them name most of the stuff because that word association to them means something. Rather then me call a play and name it, why you call a play that? You name it. That picture will pop up in their head when you call a play and they can worry about beating a defense and not where is Reggie on this play and when is Austin on this play," said Arians.
The first round of the 2012 NFL draft gets underway tonight at 8 p.m. Luck is then expected to arrive in Indianapolis on Friday morning.