The Indianapolis Colts drafted former Georgia linebacker Amarlo Herrera in the sixth round Saturday. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Colts select Amarlo Herrera in sixth round

The Indianapolis Colts selected linebacker Amarlo Herrera of Georgia with the 31st pick (207th overall) of the sixth round in the NFL Draft on Saturday.

A graduate of North Clayton High, Herrera (6-foot-1, 244 pounds) was a second-team All-SEC select ion last season. He played in 54 games at Georgia, with 43 starts, and was credited with making 334 tackles, 147 solos. He had 3.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss, plus three interceptions.

The skinny: “(Herrera is an) undersized inside linebacker who doesn’t use his instincts to play a downhill, attack-oriented brand of football. Herrera has a nose for the ball and a motor that keeps him in most plays, but he lacks the bulk to carry through with his desire to play physically and too much of his tackle production comes down the field. He is best-suited as a backup inside linebacker with an ability to play on kick-coverage teams.” —

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