We're just a couple of days away from the NFL Draft, but that hasn't kept teams from continuing to look for talent. According to the National Football Post's Aaron Wilson, the Indianapolis Colts are among several teams to show late interest in Western Carolina wide receiver Karnorris Benson.
Wilson reports that the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and Kansas City Chiefs have also shown late interest in the receiver. Benson (6-1, 205 pounds) played in 42 career games at Western Carolina, catching 153 passes for 2,386 yards and 23 touchdowns, averaging 15.6 yards per catch. He racked up eight 100+ yard receiving games, and at an NFL Pro Day this offseason he ran a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash. He was consistent in his production over all four years in college, but in 2013 he set career highs in receptions (51), yards (834), and touchdowns (12). Benson is likely to be either a late-round pick or undrafted free agent in the upcoming NFL Draft.
It is interesting to see another wide receiver linked to the Colts in the draft process, something that has become common over the past few months. The Colts have reportedly worked out, visited with, or shown interest in a number of different wideouts, leading many to speculate that the Colts could be in the market to address the position. It almost certainly wouldn't be with a high pick, but the team could indeed use depth behind T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett. After those top three, there is a very considerable drop in talent and the fourth and fifth receiver spots are up for grab (Quan Bray would seem to have the inside track for the fifth spot because of his return ability, though it is far from certain). Adding a wide receiver with a mid-to-late round pick or as an undrafted free agent wouldn't be a bad idea, and I think that's why the Colts are looking at their options.