Lefeged Signs with NFL's Indianapolis Colts
Former Bullis School football standout--seen as one of the NFL's top undrafted players in April--was signed quickly once the NFL lockout ended.
Former Bullis School football standout Joe Lefeged, whose rockey journey to the NFL was featured Monday in Patch, has now signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
Lefeged, a safety and special teams standout at Rutgers University following high school, went unselected in April’s NFL draft, but was viewed as one of the top undrafted players available once the NFL lockout ended Monday.
He confirmed signing with the Colts via Twitter:
“Indy it is!!!”
“Shout out to Colt Nation!," he added. "I already feel the love and support. Can’t wait to touch down and get started!”
A three-year starter at safety for Rutgers, the 6-foot, 210-pound Lefeged posted 238 tackles during his college career, including 84 as a senior, along with a team-high six pass breakups, enroute to second-team, All-Big East honors.
A valuable special teams contributor as well, Lefeged broke the Scarlet Knights’ single-season school record with 948 kickoff return yards as a senior, averaging 24.9 yards per return. He also blocked four kicks during the season.
An all-around threat at Bullis, excelling at outside linebacker defensively as well as at quarterback and running back on the offensive side of the ball; Lefeged earned All-IAC accolades as both a sophomore and as junior before being voted as the Washington Post’s All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year his senior year at Northwest.
And now, Lefeged hopes for similar success with the Colts.
“I’m just going to go out there, compete and try to prove myself,” Lefeged said last week, stating his agenda for once he signed with an NFL team.
“But, I’m not going in there just to try and make the team,” he added. “And I’m not going to be satisfied just being there with everybody else.
"My main goal is to go in there and to compete for a starting job, whether it’s on defense or on special teams.”
ESPN’s Scouts, Inc. believes Lefeged has the skills to do just that.
“Lefeged possesses a nice combination of size and straight-line speed, and the range, discipline and toughness to contribute as a sub-package safety and special-teams player early in his career,” Scouts, Inc. wrote of Lefeged in late May. “He also has the ability to develop into a starting strong safety in time.”
The Colts finished last season 10-6, but fell to the Jets in the Wild Card round of the AFC playoffs. The team is scheduled to begin training camp on Sunday, at their facility in Indianapolis.