The Jack Hammer is Ready For The NFL


“Colletto awaiting the shotgun snap. The Beavers trying to win it. Colletto runs to the right. COLLETTOOOOOOOOO!”

We can all hear it now. Mike Parker yelling after Jack Colletto runs in the game-winning touchdown against Fresno State in week 2 of the college football season. “The Jackhammer” was a cult hero in Corvallis for the way he played. And he played everywhere. Quarterback, running back, tight end, linebacker, kick coverage. It didn’t matter. Colletto was making a difference.

But where does he fit in the NFL? Jack Colletto says he doesn’t care where they put him.

“All I’m asking for is an opportunity,” he told The Oregonian’s Nick Daschel in a piece published Thursday. “I definitely believe I’ll get an opportunity to get my foot in the door.”

[Read Daschel’s full piece with Colletto here]

The NFL Draft is coming up on April 27-29. According to numerous NFL mock drafts, Colletto has a chance to be picked. But it probably won’t be until day three when rounds 3-7 take place. It also seems that it’s going to have to be by a head coach that has a lot of creativity. There have been some mock drafts that suggest the Denver Broncos should draft the former Oregon State standout and play him in the “Taysom Hill” type role: a short yardage runner who also has the ability to pass and would also play on special teams. It would make a lot of sense now that Sean Payton is the new coach in Denver and has always been so positive when talking about Hill, his former player in New Orleans.

Colletto was the winner of the 2022 Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation’s most versatile college football player. He ran for 103 yards and 6 touchdowns this past season while also recording 27 total tackles and a forced fumble, helping Oregon State achieve their first 10-win season since 2006.