The NFL Draft will begin two weeks from tonight with the first round, and plenty of eyes are on what teams will do that evening, including the Indianapolis Colts - who hold the 29th overall pick. And while Indy is looking into players who they might take in the first round, they're also looking into players who they might be interested in taking on days two and three of the Draft as well.
One such player is Colorado State-Pueblo's Darius Allen, as according to the National Football Post's Aaron Wilson, the Colts recently had the outside linebacker/defensive end in for a visit.
In 43 career games at Colorado State-Pueblo, Allen recorded 180 tackles (58 tackles for loss), 34.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles, and six fumble recoveries while being named a Division II All American in each of his final two seasons.
Allen is an intriguing pass rush prospect, as he showed a lot of promise at the D-II level and has some pass rushing traits that will certainly be intriguing to NFL teams, but his size (he's a bit undersized), level of play (Division II is a lesser level of competition than Division I), and limitations (he's a raw prospect) will make him a day three selection. Still, for a team like the Colts that could use pass rushers, it wouldn't be a surprise at all to see them target the position in the draft. After all, general manager Ryan Grigson said earlier this offseason that they could never have enough pass rushers, so I would expect them to bring one in through the draft process. The only question really is when they will do so, and if they hold off until day three of the draft, we could see Allen be an option. The team has Trent Cole, Robert Mathis, and Jonathan Newsome as pass rushers, but adding Allen would give them a younger guy who they could work with and hopefully develop into a productive player at the NFL level.