2011 NFL Draft: Colts Visit Chad Spann, Northern Illinois Runningback

Normally when I post news bits like this, my source is usually an SB Nation affiliated site like National Football Post. Many times, it's Aaron Wilson who gets info from 'his sources,' and then he posts the news on NFP. Aaron does great work there, and he is very wired into which players pay visits to the Colts prior to the draft.

However, this time I got the scoop on the Colts visiting with a player: Running back Chad Spann of Northern Illinois.

My sources tell me that Spann visited the Colts two weeks ago. For more on this, jump with me...

The Colts had a visit with Spann and then, a short time later, an Indy scout visited his Pro Day at Northern Illinois on March 10th. He was clocked in the 40 at 4.47 and 4.52. Not bad. Nothing great, but not bad. What's concerning is his height. At 5'8, that's a bit short. He's also about 198 pounds.

Spann ran for 1,388 yards, had a 5.4 yards per carry average, led nation in rushing touchdowns with 22 while at Northern Illinois. He had 49 TDs for his career, tied for the best all-time in NIU history with longtime Colts nemesis Michael Turner.

Spann's hometown is Indianapolis. He played high school ball at North Central.

With the Colts interested in him, looks like we'll have to do a draft profile sometime soon.


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