The Indianapolis Colts have been busy looking through multiple options to fill their roster through the NFL Draft as it approaches. They’ve been holding visits with prospects at several positions of need and we can expect that to continue over the coming weeks.
One of the latest visits is equally interesting and, naturally, at another position of need. According to Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times, the Colts have recently brought in USF receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a pre-draft visit.
Valdes-Scantling is a prospect who fits all of the needs at the position for the Colts. He’s got the speed, size and experience in the college game to become an all-around pass catcher at the next level. He’s currently being valued as a late-round draft pick, but has been extremely productive the last two years after transferring to South Florida from NC State in 2015.
Valdes-Scantling has racked up nearly 1,300 receiving yards on 75 receptions (17.25 yards per reception), and has added 11 touchdowns. Valdes-Scantling ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at the combine and added a 30.5-inch vertical and 124-inch broad jump to his profile. The 6-foot-4, 205 pound receiver big hands and a wide catch radius as well which can only make the target on his back larger as teams sift through their options on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
The Colts not only have the need for a receiver this offseason, but a big-bodied target who can work underneath as well as take the top of the defense occasionally would be ideal with experienced receivers the team currently has coming back. T.Y. Hilton and Chester Rogers are the only starters returning from a year ago, but the acquisitions the team has made since Ballard took over also make training camp an especially interesting one this year to see if any of them can rise to become regular contributors.