While the rest of the NFL world was focused on free agency on Wednesday, the Indianapolis Colts had their sights set on something else: the Alabama pro day. Yesterday, we mentioned that head coach Chuck Pagano was there, and some believe they saw defensive coordinator Ted Monachino and VP of football operations Jimmy Raye there as well (though neither of those are confirmed).
According to the Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was there as well. Auman notes that, while all 32 teams were represented, only two sent their head coaches (Pagano and the Patriots' Bill Belichick) and only two sent their general managers (Grigson and the Bills' Doug Whaley). Obviously, the fact that the Colts sent both their head coach and their general manager should interest Colts fans, as it shows that they could have serious interest in one or more Alabama players.
There are several obvious candidates that the team could be interested in. The first one that comes to mind is inside linebacker Reggie Ragland, who was worked out by a member of the Colts at his pro day yesterday. If Jerrell Freeman does leave in free agency, Ragland would fill a hole in the Colts defense and would give them a legitimate playmaker in the first round, if he's still available at pick number 18. Furthermore, Alabama defensive linemen A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed could be potential targets for the Colts along their defensive line, while center Ryan Kelly would address a big need along the team's offensive line. In other words, there are plenty of players from Alabama that would be worth looking into for the Colts, and considering just how big the upcoming draft will be for the Colts, it's nice to see them taking it seriously. The fact that both Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson were on hand to watch the Alabama pro day on the first day of the new league year, however, should absolutely be noted as we consider who the team might be interested in leading up to the draft.