On Thursday, Colts general manager was on hand in South Bend to watch a number of Notre Dame prospects work out at their pro day. There are a number of prospects worth watching from the school, but one that Grigson may have been keeping his eye on in particular is cornerback KeiVarae Russell.
According to Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm, Russell said that the Colts are among the teams showing the most interest in him. Russell also mentioned the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, and Arizona Cardinals as the other teams also showing significant interest.
A projected mid-to-late-round pick, Russell was a 13-game starter for Notre Dame in each of his first two seasons at the school (2012 and 2013). In 2014, however, he was suspended as the University investigated him for academic reasons, and a prolonged investigation led to Russell missing the entire season. He was reinstated and able to return in 2015, however, and he started 11 games for the Irish. Russell is a very talented cornerback who has shown the ability to hang with guys in college and could fit in with a team in the NFL where he could continue to develop that talent and adjust to the NFL level.
The Colts could certainly use help at cornerback. Vontae Davis returns as a top-tier starter, while the team added Patrick Robinson in free agency to start opposite of Davis. After that, they have D'Joun Smith and Darius Butler, along with some depth guys. Adding a guy like Russell would mean that he wouldn't have the pressure to produce immediately but would be able to continue to develop while at the same time providing depth. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Colts add a corner in the draft, and Russell could be a good option.