Mike Cirino is a versatile defensive back who the Colts invited to rookie minicamp. Cirino played at a small school, Adams State, and started 11 games in his senior year. He recorded 35 tackles, nine pass deflections, and two picks. He really turned heads at the Tampa regional combine, impressing with his blazing 4.3 speed and incredible open field movement. With corner being such a big need for the Colts, a burner like Cirino could find his way onto the roster. Our writer, Zach Sears, interviewed Cirino.
Sears: What would you say is your biggest strength that will help you be successful in the NFL?
Cirino: My speed. I was clocked in the 4.3s during my pro day training. Also, my versatility being able to play all positions in the secondary.
Sears: What would you say is your biggest weakness that you’ll have to the Colts that you can get better at and overcome?
Cirino: A weakness that I could definitely work and get better at is getting off blocks.
Sears: What was going through your head the entire time of the draft and even after the fact, getting the call that you were getting a tryout with the Colts?
Cirino: Just seeing guys come off the board that I knew I was better than was hard. But I been an underdog my whole life and I knew I was gonna get my shot eventually. When I found out I was going to the Colts I was extremely excited. They were a team that kept in touch with me a lot through this whole process and it’s a blessing to get an opportunity from such a great franchise.
Sears: How do you hope to fit in with the new 4-3 defensive scheme and what will be your main goal in that scheme?
Cirino: I think I’ll do well in the 4-3 scheme whether it’s at free safety, nickel, or outside corner. My main goal would be to just be a playmaker. Make as many plays as I possibly can to earn a roster spot.
Sears: That’s something that will need to be picked up after the Colts not resigning Rashaan Melvin, looking forward to seeing that from you. Last question, Have you talked with any other rookies or any current Colts players to give you any advice or anything like that?
Cirino: Yessir most definitely. And I haven’t talked to anyone as of yet. But I’m looking forward to getting to Indy an meeting everyone.
We wish the best for Mike Cirino in his journey to making the Colts’ roster and wherever else his career takes him.