In the past week, one player who we have heard mentioned quite a bit in connection with the Indianapolis Colts is Boise State safety Darian Thompson.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was personally in attendance at Boise State's pro day, while he was also the one leading the defensive back drills. Furthermore, Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that the Colts "really like" Thompson. Now, NFL Media's Rand Getlin is also reporting that the Colts seem to really like Thompson, saying that the Colts and the Falcons are taking "long looks" at the safety.
While its important to take everything we hear around this time of year with a grain of salt, as the old adage goes, "where there's smoke, there's fire." We've now heard multiple reports that the Colts have significant interest, while we've also heard that Chuck Pagano himself was at Boise State's pro day. So it would seem that this is indeed something to continue to keep an eye on as we get closer to the draft. It doesn't mean that the Colts will take Darian Thompson, but it does sound like they're interested in the safety.
The Colts could be looking to add a safety to develop behind Mike Adams, who is 35 years old and likely nearing the end of his career. The team drafted Clayton Geathers last year and will now be counting on him to replace Dwight Lowery, and we could see a similar situation in the near future if the Colts do draft another safety this year. It's by no means a top need and certainly not an area that the Colts must address right now, but if there's someone they really like - such as Darian Thompson - then it wouldn't be too surprising to see them draft him.
Thompson played in 51 games and started 44 of them for Boise State, recording 242 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, a sack, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, nine passes defensed, and 19 interceptions. He was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in 2015 and is the Mountain West Conference's all-time leader in interceptions. He is a likely day two selection in this year's NFL Draft.