INDIANAPOLIS - Former Mount Union College receiver Pierre Garcon became the first of the Indianapolis Colts' nine draft picks to sign on Tuesday.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Garcon was a sixth-round pick and 205th overall in the April draft. In three seasons at NCAA Division III national power Mount Union, Garcon totaled 202 receptions and set the Ohio Athletic Conference career record with 47 touchdown catches.
The Colts also appear close to an agreement with their top pick, offensive lineman Mike Pollak, who was taken late in the second round.
''Things are going smoothly and we expect him to be in camp on time,'' said Ken Zuckerman, Pollak's agent.
Colts head coach Tony Dungy anticipates a rash of rookie signings before Thursday's midafternoon reporting deadline.
He said another sixth-round pick, Tom Santi, is expected to open camp on the physically unable to perform list because of an infected bursa sac. But for everyone other than Dungy, the biggest concern is quarterback Peyton Manning's left knee.
''Santi has a bursa sac infection too although his didn't get quite the national attention Peyton's did,'' Dungy joked. ''My biggest concern is that we don't take things for granted. I think if we focus in, our talent level will be good enough to make us a good team.''
Dungy said he was optimistic the Colts' biggest question heading into training camp - Manning's valuable knee - could be resolved quicker than most people expect. Manning had surgery last week to remove an infected bursa sac, a procedure doctors said would require four to six weeks to heal.