Yesterday, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was at Boise State for the school's pro day, and one of the players he was watching was safety Darian Thompson. Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that Pagano actually put Thompson through his defensive back drills, and Pauline further reports that the Colts "really like" Thompson.
Told the Colts really like Darian Thompson/S/BSU. Interesting as defensive staff really wanted Damarious Randall/Az St last year in Rd 1.— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 31, 2016
Just like every report this time of year, we have to take things with a grain of salt, and Pauline's tweet illustrates exactly why - he says the Colts' defensive staff really wanted safety Damarious Randall in the first round last year (which could entirely be true), but the Colts wound up passing on Randall in favor of Phillip Dorsett. Now, that doesn't mean that the defensive staff wanted Randall over a wide receiver (that's probably very true), but it does mean that just because a team likes a player doesn't automatically mean that they will draft him if given the chance.
With that said, Darian Thompson is a good player. A semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award last year (given to the nation's top defensive back), Thompson is the Mountain West Conference's all-time leader in interceptions with 19. In four seasons at Boise State, Thompson played in 51 games (starting 44) and recorded 242 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, a sack, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, nine passes defensed, and 19 interceptions. He is a projected day two pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Thompson would be an intriguing fit for the Colts because, while he still needs time to develop, the Colts can give him that time. They have Mike Adams and Clayton Geathers as their likely starters, but they'll need an eventual replacement for the 35-year old Adams - perhaps as soon as next year. Drafting a talented player like Thompson, who had plenty of production in college, would give the Colts another developmental guy who they could work with. Chuck Pagano and his staff have done a good job with coaching up players in their secondary, and taking Thompson to continue to work with him might not be a bad idea as the Colts think toward upcoming needs in the near future.