One of the most important parts of the annual NFL Scouting Combine are the interviews that teams can have with prospects, as teams are allowed up to 60 individual meetings with players. One such player the Indianapolis Colts will meet with this year is Stanford guard Joshua Garnett, who confirmed as much during his press conference on Wednesday.
Could he wind up protecting fellow Stanford alum Andrew Luck with the Colts? "That would be awesome," Garnett said today. "Andrew Luck was one of those guys that you grew up and watched at Stanford. I was in the ninth grade when he was a senior at Stanford. Every day at Stanford, you would see Andrew Luck outside the offensive line room. If I had the chance to block for him, he's one of the greats, he's one of the Stanford greats in the NFL. I would relish that opportunity."
That picture of Andrew Luck outside the offensive line room? "Oh yeah, it's a big picture of Andrew Luck," Garnett said. "He's kind of like, doing something awesome, I'm sure it was. It was a still shot."
Garnett (6-5, 321 pounds) is one of the best interior offensive linemen in this year's draft class. He played both guard positions at Stanford and currently projects as a day two pick as a player who could be a reliable starter for a team inside. He won the Outland Trophy in 2015 as the country's top interior offensive lineman, won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12's best offensive lineman, and was a first-team All-American. He was a captain at Stanford and their starting left guard, helping to anchor a strong offensive line.
The Colts could use help on the interior of their offensive line, and Garnett would slide in at right guard with the team due to Jack Mewhort in place at left guard. If the Colts could grab the Stanford offensive line on day two of the draft, it would be a great move to improve their offensive line with a good, smart player. The interview process this week will likely help the Colts to get to know Garnett more and see whether he might be a fit with the team. The Colts will talk with a number of prospects so a meeting doesn't mean a whole lot, but it's still interesting and worth noting.