Report: Colts Meet With Boise State OG Rees Odhiambo at Pro Day
Not only did the team express interest in safety Darian Thompson, but the Indianapolis Colts also met with Boise State offensive guard Rees Odhiambo following his pro day performance Thursday per DraftInsider.net’s Tony Pauline:
The 6’4″, 314 pound offensive guard started the first 8 games of the regular season for the Broncos before suffering a season-ending broken ankle. However, he still managed to earn 1st-team All-Conference honors despite the injury, having earned 2nd-team All-Conference just a season prior respectively.
Earlier this offseason, head coach Chuck Pagano said that improving the Colts interior offensive line is a focal point this offseason, where the team’s young players such as Khaled Holmes, Jonotthan Harrison, and Hugh Thornton have failed to solidify the starting positions at center and right guard respectively:
"“Again, the interior of that offensive line, the center and the two guards spots is the focal point,” said Pagano at the NFL Combine."
Odhiambo could be an intriguing interior offensive line prospect for the Colts, as he’s currently projected to be a mid-late round draft pick by many draft experts (via his NFL.com draft profile):
"SOURCES TELL US“Plays with a lot of grit and toughness. He’s deeply religious and a loyal teammate. I think he’s really talented and has a chance to be an outstanding guard in the league. If you try him at tackle it has to be on the right side. He’s had trouble staying healthy so his draft stock will be tied to his medicals.” – AFC North area scout"
"NFL COMPARISONAli MarpetBOTTOM LINEWell-built college tackle who NFL evaluators are projecting inside to guard. Has the footwork and technique to allow a team to give him a shot at right tackle first. Odhiambo is a coachable, team-oriented player who has the temperament, frame and strength needed to play inside, but could see his draft stock take a round or two hit if teams doubt that he can be a consistently healthy player in the pros. Odhiambo should be a fit for all schemes."
While durability is a concern regarding Odhiambo, as he’s yet to start more than 9 games in a season because of injuries, he possesses starting caliber interior offensive line skills.