At the NFL owner's meetings earlier this year, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said that, "I always tell the guys we better not miss in our own backyard" when talking about draft prospects. This situation was illustrated last year when the Colts drafted Jonathan Newsome out of Ball State and he had a great rookie season.
Grigson and the Colts are continuing to do their due diligence in looking all over the place for prospects, and that includes right in their backyard. On Wednesday, the Colts are hosting a pro day for local prospects.
According to the Colts' official twitter account, here are the attendees for the pro day:
Cameron Beard, Defensive End, University of Cincinnati
Andrew East, Long Snapper, Vanderbilt University
Tevin Lake, Running Back, Marian University
Pavel Polochanin, Punter, University of Indianapolis
Bret Shannon, Outside Linebacker, Butler University
Kory Stamps, Cornerback, University of Saint Francis
Brian Sutton, Defensive Back, Bowling Green State University
Nick Temple, Linebacker, University of Cincinnati
All of these players are likely long shots to make an NFL roster, but the Colts are giving them a chance to show off their skills to try to impress someone. And there are certainly a number of important decision makers for the Colts at the pro day today, according to Colts.com's Steve Andress:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Chuck Pagano, Ryan Grigson, Pep Hamilton, Greg Manusky, & VP of Football Ops Jimmy Raye among those here for local pro day.</p>— Steve Andress (@ColtsReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/ColtsReporter/status/585882922588209153">April 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
So the team's general manager, head coach, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, and VP of football operations are all in attendance at the pro day - making it a terrific opportunity for the eight prospects working out today. It's a long shot that any of them are going to make a roster, but this workout is intended to give them a chance, and hopefully they will make the most of it. One thing is for sure, however: the Colts are doing what they need to do to make sure that they don't miss on a prospect in their own backyard.