We're tracking all the latest NFL Scouting Combine updates as it relates to the Colts, and that includes a number of meetings with different prospects. As we've stated repeatedly, just because a meeting happens doesn't mean that the team is planning on drafting that player but rather that the team just wants to do their due diligence in talking with the prospect.
Of course, there's another category of meetings as well, and that's one that the Colts talking to Alabama safety Landon Collins would fall into: prospects unlikely to still be there when the Colts pick 29th overall but a prospect that the Colts should and are talking to just in case. Add another name to that list as well: Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton.
According to Mocking the Draft's Dan Kadar, Shelton has a meeting with the Colts this week at the Combine:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Shelton said he's met with the Ravens at the combine.</p>— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) <a href="https://twitter.com/MockingTheDraft/status/569238072933658624">February 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Other teams that have or will meet with Shelton in Indy: Colts, Packers, Cardinals, Saints and Giants</p>— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) <a href="https://twitter.com/MockingTheDraft/status/569238494612197377">February 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Shelton, a 6-2, 339 pound lineman from Washington, really impressed at the Senior Bowl and saw his Draft stock continue to rise. He put up massive numbers in 2014, especially for a defensive lineman, recording 93 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, and five fumble recoveries. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, who thinks Shelton could be a top-ten pick, compares the defensive lineman to the Patriots' Vince Wilfork.
Simply put, it's very unlikely that Danny Shelton will be available at the 29th overall pick for the Colts, but they're meeting with him this week just to do their due diligence on one of the best prospects at one of the Colts' positions of need.