According to The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos formally met with Cal running back Daniel Lasco at the NFL Combine last week in Indy.
Lasco was one of the biggest stars of the Combine and really helped his draft stock as he caught the attention of teams with an impressive performance. He ran a 4.46 40-yard dash (fourth-best among running backs), had a 41.5 inch vertical jump (first among running backs) and had an 11 foot, 3 inch broad jump (a record for running backs all-time at the Combine). He also did 23 reps on the bench press, ran a 7.22 three-cone drill, a 4.26 20-yard shuttle, and an 11.31 60-yard shuttle.
As often happens with the Combine, an impressive performance like the one Lasco had an make teams go back and re-evaluate the game tape. He certainly had a productive career at Cal as well, as he played in 41 games and started 15 during his time there. He rushed for 1,872 yards and 18 touchdowns, totaling 2,395 career all-purpose yards. He had a breakout season in 2014 as he rushed for 1,115 yards and had 1,471 yards total between rushing and receiving, but his 2015 season was hindered by injury. He was a two-time team captain and was named Cal's team MVP in 2014. Furthermore, he has shown an ability to contribute to special teams as well, as he led the team in special teams tackles during his freshman season.
Lasco is a work in progress, but for a Colts team that has Frank Gore as their starter for at least 2016, they could realistically take a chance on Lasco and work to develop him without having to rely on him right away. It wouldn't be a bad thing if the team looked for a running back that they could develop behind Gore this year, and perhaps Lasco could be that guy. Either way, it sounds like the Colts are interested enough that they wanted to know more, thus the meeting at the NFL Combine.
Here's the list of prospects we've heard of the Colts meeting with at the NFL Combine (remember, they are allowed to meet with up to 60, so this list is just a small sampling of the players the team actually did meet with):
Jack Conklin, T, Michigan State
Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah
Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB, Boise State
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
Daniel Lasco, RB, California