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Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd today told ESPN's Vaughn McClure that he will have dinner with the Indianapolis Colts next Friday.

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Colts quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer is in attendance at Georgia's pro day today (don't read too much into it, as he was Georgia's offensive coordinator last year), but it could be an outside linebacker that the team winds up being most interested in.

Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd has been a popular pick for the Colts in mock drafts, and the team has some interest in getting to know him better.  Floyd told ESPN's Vaughn McClure today that he will have dinner with the Colts next Friday, in addition to having a workout with the Oakland Raiders coming up.

The Colts' biggest need this offseason is arguably at pass rush, and with the lack of great top-tier options in this year's draft, many have predicted the Colts to take Floyd in the first round to give them some help in that area, as well as give them a solid outside linebacker.  During his career at Georgia, Floyd played in 38 games and started 32 of them before declaring for the NFL after his junior season.  During his collegiate career, he recorded 184 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four passes defensed, and 54 quarterback pressures.  He's not the most exciting prospect for Colts fans, but he did lead his team in sacks in each of his three seasons at Georgia.  Furthermore, he was a finalist for the Butkus Award in 2015 (given to the nation's top linebacker), was Georgia's Defensive MVP in 2014, and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2013.

There's no doubt that the Colts need help at the linebacker position, but it's unclear whether it would be best to take Floyd in the first round or go in another direction.  The team at least has some interest in him (as they should) and want to get to know him better, which makes perfect sense for anyone the team might be able to take in the first round.  They'll have dinner with him next week to learn more and to get to know him better in order to see whether he might be a fit with the Colts.