As the Indianapolis Colts go about their pre-draft process in visiting a number of different pro days and with a number of different prospects, one school that has seemed to especially catch their attention is Clemson.
The Colts interviewed Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander at the NFL Combine, while head coach Chuck Pagano personally attended Clemson's pro day and showed interest in Alexander. There are a lot of potential NFL players in this year's draft class from the school, and Pagano has noticed.
"It's off the charts,'' Pagano told ESPN about Clemson's talent. "You put the tape on and you start looking at one guy and you see a couple d-linemen, you see linebackers, you see the wide receivers that they're producing. They do a great job of developing each guy. No. 1, they do a good job recruiting. And when they get here, they develop them. And they have a great culture here.
"They've got a great environment," Pagano continued. "Coach [Dabo] Swinney has done a great job developing these guys not only on the football field, but off the football field. They're workers. They're smart. They love football. They're tough. They're great teammates. So, they do a great job here.''
Obviously, just because Chuck Pagano raved about Clemson's talent in the NFL Draft doesn't mean that the Colts will take someone from Clemson, because I'm sure almost anyone in the NFL would tell you that Clemson has a lot of NFL talent. At the same time, however, we're in a dead period of the NFL offseason and little notes like these are at least worth mentioning, as we continue to see a connection between the Colts and Clemson.
As already mentioned, the Colts do seem to have interest in cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who is likely to be a first round pick in the upcoming draft. At the same time, however, Clemson has several other players who could interest the Colts: such as outside linebacker Shaq Lawson, defensive end Kevin Dodd, and safety T.J. Green, among others. Nothing in Pagano's comments mean that the Colts will take a Clemson player, but it's clear they'll have plenty of options - including some they may really like.