What convinced the Indianapolis Colts to draft Sam Ehlinger?

11 May By
College World Series
Teams balance physical traits, on-field performance and the always-popular "intangibles" when deciding whether or not to draft a prospect; former Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger offers all three in droves (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Scouting goes far beyond the so-called “measurables.” Anyone can check a roster to find out a player’s height and weight, or grab a stat sheet to review a player’s on-field performance. 

But if that were all it took, anyone could be a scout, and teams would simply acquire the tallest, heaviest linemen and the running backs and receivers with the fastest times in the 40-yard dash.

His accomplishments as the Longhorns’ quarterback are many: in 46 career games at UT, he completed 923 of 1,476 passes (62.5 percent) for 11,436 yards, 94 touchdowns and 27 interceptions — numbers that would make almost any college quarterback proud. Beloved by fans, coaches and teammates, he was drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft — 218thoverall — by the Indianapolis Colts.

Like many players, especially those not taken at the top of the draft, Ehlinger drew mixed reviews by pundits in their pre-draft evaluations. So what did the Colts see that convinced them to draft him to compete for the role as Carson Wentz’s backup?