Leonte Carroo's Senior Bowl week is over due to an ankle injury, but that doesn't mean it was a wasted opportunity for the star Rutgers wide receiver. In fact, he impressed teams this week with his skills in practice and drew interest from a number of franchises.
According to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, the Indianapolis Colts were one of the teams to express the most interest in Carroo this week. Wilson also mentions the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, New York Jets, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as showing the most interest in Carroo along with the Colts, so clearly the receiver has plenty of teams impressed.
In four seasons at Rutgers, Carroo caught 122 passes for 2,373 yards and 29 touchdowns, averaging 19.5 yards per catch. He caught 10 touchdowns in each of his final two seasons and had a 1,000 yard year in his junior season. It's still unclear where he projects to be drafted at, but it seems almost certain at this point that he will be either a day one or day two selection.
Before you freak out about the Colts showing interest in another wide receiver (they reportedly interviewed Ohio State wideout Braxton Miller earlier this week and took Phillip Dorsett with their first round pick last year), realize that guys like Miller and Carroo have been having very good Senior Bowl weeks. Teams say that they talk with everyone at the Senior Bowl, and while that might be technically true, they don't show the same level of interest in all prospects. It would make sense for the Colts to show interest in some of the guys who are impressing at the Senior Bowl. None of this means the Colts will or are planning to take a wide receiver early in the draft, but they have to do their due diligence and have a good idea of the talent of players in the draft. Without having an accurate opinion on the player, the draft board could be messed up and inaccurate. So before the sarcastic comments arise, understand that this is part of the draft process. It is interesting to note, but there will be plenty of these reports over the coming months, so temper expectations and reactions accordingly.