The Indianapolis Colts will meet with dozens of players during the NFL Scouting Combine this week. Among those players, was IU running back Tevin Coleman.
Via the IndyStar Combine Blog, Coleman said that he already met with the Colts on Wednesday, and that he plans to do so again.
Its no surprise that the Colts would be interested in Coleman since he was a topic of discussion in the state over the past season. The team is also in the market for a new running back for the 2015 season as well with Trent Richardson likely being shown the door.
Coleman didn’t participate in the skills at the Combine as he is still recovering from surgery for a broken bone in his foot. At his press conference, Coleman said he broke the sesamoid bone in his right big toe in Week Five. He played out the rest of the season with the injury.
Coleman rushed for 2,036 and 15 touchdowns in 2014 behind a suspect line and with a walk on quarterback. He average 7.5 yards per carry and frequently produced against a stacked box as well.
The 6-1, 210-pound back also rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns against the eventual national champions, Ohio State.
Coleman hopes to be running in two weeks and expects to post a 4.39 40-yard dash time at his Pro Day in April.
In his press conference, general manager Ryan Grigson mentioned looking at players in their own backyard as ones to add to the team. That interest prompted the Colts to take Ball State’s Jonathan Newsome in last year’s draft.
Coleman is projected as a top five running back in the draft but will likely be a second round or later pick. The Colts have met with other running backs in the draft, but Coleman would be a good fit. He has great burst and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
When asked about the Colts, Coleman said “I’d love to stay in Indiana.” There are a lot of Hoosier and Colts fans who would tend to agree.