The National Football Post's Aaron Wilson is continuing his dominance of pre-draft reports on Tuesday, as he reported another player the Indianapolis Colts have interest in: Michigan linebacker James Ross. According to Wilson, the Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, and Detroit Lions have also shown interest.
Ross (6-1, 232 pounds) played in 50 games at Michigan, making 21 starts. He recorded 188 tackles, three sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and two passes defensed during his four years with the Wolverines. At his pro day, he ran a 4.7 40 yard dash and did 22 reps on the bench press (225 pounds). Wilson also notes that Ross was asked to do some offensive drills at his pro day, as he played fullback in high school. He projects to be either a late-round pick or an undrafted free agent.
The Colts have a need at inside linebacker, and while adding James Ross certainly wouldn't fill that need, it would help provide depth at an area where the Colts could use competition. After Jerrell Freeman left in free agency, the Colts are now left with guys like Nate Irving, Sio Moore, and Amarlo Herrera competing for the other inside linebacker spot, so adding someone through the draft or undrafted free agency seems likely for the Colts. It remains to be seen whether the Colts will have interest in addressing the position early in the upcoming draft, but James Ross could be an interesting undrafted free agent signing who could come in and add depth and compete for the Colts this offseason and into training camp.