The Indianapolis Colts and their front office/scouting department are hitting the home stretch for Thursday, May 8th. That's the start of the 2014 NFL Draft, and it's there that the franchise's work over the last year-plus in scouting and evaluating collegiate talent pays off.
Here are a few updates on player visits and workouts the Colts have either conducted or hosted:
Latimer is a 6'3, 215 lbs wideout that has some pretty decent "buzz" heading into the draft. 23 teams attended his workout. Latimer did not run the 40 yard dash at the Scouting Combine in February because, a month prior, he'd had foot surgery. He's still not completely healed, but he did run the 40 at his workout and notched a 4.44 time. Big, strong, productive receivers who run 4.44 are going to climb draft boards. If he is there at No. 59 for the Colts, it will be very difficult for Ryan Grigson to pass him up.
Remember, Reggie Wayne will be 36 in November, and Hakeem Nicks is working off a one-year deal.
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By my completely accurate account, Powell is the one billionth outside linebacker the Colts have either visited with or worked out this offseason. OK, it's not a billion, but they've met with several. It makes sense. Robert Mathis is already up there in years, and Bjoern Werner didn't exactly set the world on fire last year as a rookie.
At 6'3, 285 lbs, Ramsey would be a DE in Indy's current defensive scheme.
Lyn looks the part of a Colts press-man corner: 6'1, 190 lbs. He was a three-year starter for Syracuse and played in 38 games. He missed much of 2013 with a lower-back injury. That injury will likely affect his draft stock. At 'Cuse, he was a productive player in a bad secondary, amassing 89 career tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one sack.
Terps CB '@Blasian_Kiddd posts on his Instagram of his visit to NYG, and says he's on his way to Indy for a visit with the Colts.— Ryan Chell (@RyanChell87) April 25, 2014
At his workout in early April, Scouts reportedly clocked Dexter McDougle running a 4.43 40. He fractured his shoulder in Maryland's 32-21 win over UConn. McDougle was a playmaker for the Terps.
Norwood is 6'2, 194 lbs and ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine.
Couplin is a 6'1 213 OLB/S who played at William and Mary. In the NFL, he projects as a safety.
Also, from Purdue CB Ricardo Allen's Twitter page:
Great workout with the colts today. I know the Purdue family would love that.— Ricardo Allen (@Ricardo21Allen) April 25, 2014
Allen is 5'9, 185 lbs.
Oh, and did you notice how I opened this article with an Indiana University wide receiver and closed it with a Purdue corner? Sure you did.