Collie showing Bears what might have been


FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Indianapolis rookie wide receiver Austin Collie was still on the board when the Bears took Juaquin Iglesias with the 99th overall pick of the 2009 NFL draft. Actually, Collie was still around when Jerry Angelo pulled the trigger on defensive end Henry Melton (105) and cornerback D.J. Moore (119).

Collie, the 127th overall selection, caught 60 passes for 676 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season, and has hauled in two scores so far this postseason.

Why did such an accomplished college player at BYU last until the fourth round?

"If you look at the draft class, from a wide receiver standpoint this past year there were a lot of good wideouts," Collie said. "There was just little differences in each one of us.

“When you have that many wideouts, even though you go in the fourth round it doesn't mean you got overlooked, it just fell where it did. I'm really not concerned about where I was drafted, all that I was concerned about was the situation in which I was drafted in. The fact that I got to come to Indianapolis, and be a part of all this, it couldn't have worked out any better."