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Report: Colts to visit with VCU basketball player Mo Alie Cox

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The Colts aren’t strangers to basketball players turned football players, and it sounds like they might have interest in another such player.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, VCU basketball player Mo Alie Cox will visit with the Colts, in addition to the Chiefs, Buccaneers, Jets, Seahawks, Chargers, and perhaps others.

Mo Alie Cox was a three-year starter at VCU, playing in 142 career games and starting 103 of them. He averaged 23.4 minutes per game during his career and averaged 7.7 points per game (on 57.4% shooting), 4.7 rebounds per game, 0.8 assists per game, and 1.8 blocks per game. VCU listed him as 6-7, 250 pounds, but NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo noted that today he measured at just under 6-5, 262 pounds for NFL scouts. VCU describes Alie Cox as having a 7-1 wingspan.

Today, Mo Alie Cox worked out for NFL scouts, and it should be noted that he is a free agent. Last week, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport confirmed with an NFL spokesman, saying that Alie Cox was technically eligible for the 2016 NFL Draft and therefore is a free agent this year. Cowboys star tight end Jason Witten told Alie Cox that he has potential as an NFL tight end, and Alie Cox is deciding to give it a try.

As we looked at earlier today, the Colts need more competition at tight end. That figures to come with some rookie selections or signings, and it’s possible that Mo Alie Cox could be such a signing. He’s got athleticism to work with, and the Colts have shown in the past they’re willing to take a chance on these type of guys, like they did with Erik Swoope. That one seems to have worked out, and we could see them try it again this offseason. There are a lot of teams interested in him, but the Colts’ proven success at developing a basketball player into a tight end with Swoope could be appealing to Alie Cox.