The overwhelming majority of talk this offseason when it comes to the Colts' needs are about the offensive line and the pass rush, as those two areas are clearly the top two priorities. Those aren't the only areas of need for the Colts, however, and another one to add to the list is inside linebacker.
The Colts lost Jerrell Freeman in free agency, leaving one starting spot open, and at the other is D'Qwell Jackson, who will turn 33-years old less than a month into the 2016 season. It would not be at all surprising to see the Colts take an inside linebacker in the upcoming draft, then, whether as an immediate replacement for Freeman or an eventual replacement for Jackson.
Throughout the pre-draft process the Colts have shown interest in some linebackers, perhaps most notably Alabama's Reggie Ragland. Head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson were both personally on hand for Alabama's pro day, where the Colts seemed to take an interest in Ragland. A month ago, it was reported by NFL.com that Ragland was working out individually for the Colts.
Today, the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder confirmed that the Colts worked Ragland, but more importantly he added another name to the mix of players the Colts put through a workout, as he reports that the Colts have worked out Clemson linebacker B.J. Goodson.
Goodson spent four years at Clemson, filling mainly a special teams role in his first two seasons before shifting into a bigger role on the defense in 2014, playing in 12 games and starting six. By 2015, Goodson started 15 games and was a major part of Clemson's defense, also being named a team captain. In his senior season, he led the team with 108 tackles and recorded 14 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two interceptions, five passes defensed, and a forced fumble. The 6-1, 242 pound linebacker impressed at the NFL Combine, finishing among the top ten among linebackers in all but one category. He is projected to be a mid-round pick in the NFL Draft, and he is certainly a name to keep an eye on for Indianapolis. He had a very productive senior season and is a player who could come in and develop to replace Jackson down the road while also providing depth this year and even competing for the open starting spot with several other players.