One of the Colts' biggest needs this offseason is at the safety position, as they currently only have Winston Guy and Dewey McDonald under contract for 2015. We mentioned earlier this week that one of the biggest takeaways from Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano's press conferences was that re-signing Mike Adams is a big priority, but that still leaves one safety spot open.
The Colts are likely going to be looking for safety help in the offseason, and so it makes perfect sense that they would talk to the best safety prospect in the Draft while at the Scouting Combine this week. According to the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder, that's exactly what the team is going to do, as the Colts are scheduled to meet with Alabama safety Landon Collins this week.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colts?src=hash">#Colts</a> among teams scheduled for formal meeting w Alabama SS Landon Collins. One of best safeties available. Lots of teams on his schedule</p>— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) <a href="https://twitter.com/HolderStephen/status/569197754347606016">February 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Collins, a 6-0, 222 pound safety who is widely considered to be the best prospect at his position in the draft, led the Crimson Tide with 103 tackles in his junior season in 2014 and also recorded three interceptions, seven pass breakups, and 4.5 tackles for loss. He was a unanimous All-American and projects well to the NFL level in part due to his ability to play both safety positions - something the Colts would love since they use their safeties interchangeably.
Of course, here's the problem: Collins almost certainly won't be available when the Colts pick in the first round at number 29 overall. It's likely that, in order to get Collins, the Colts would need to trade up in the draft. Talking with Collins, however, makes perfect sense, since he is the best player in the draft at a position the Colts could use help at. While the Colts are meeting with him, however, so are a number of other teams and it's very likely that Collins will be off the board when the Colts' pick rolls around.