What 10 prospects should Colts fans pay attention to at the NFL Scouting Combine?
One of the biggest events in the draft process, the NFL Scouting Combine, began this week with weigh-ins. Soon they will be on the field to show off their athletic prowess, and the debates will soon begin based on the results. With three picks in the top 45, and a deeper quarterback class, the Colts will be watching the combine with great intent.
General manager Chris Ballard usually drafts players with a higher RAS (relative athletic score), so testing does hold some weight in terms of the Colts draft. In 2018, 10 of the Colts 11 draft picks had an RAS over 5.00, with six of them at a 9.00 or higher. In 2019, it was more of the same.
This will be an important week for draft prospects in the eyes of Ballard. With that said, here are 10 players that Colts fans should keep an eye on as we get in to the NFL Scouting Combine.
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Wide receiver could be in play for the Colts in the first round, and it’s likely one of the top three will be available at 13. Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs are both going to run well, but it will be interesting to see how CeeDee Lamb does in the 40. As long as he stays in the 4.5s, there shouldn’t be any issue. His ability as a receiver would complement T.Y. Hilton well, and he likely will be considered in round one.
Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Jalen Reagor could be a target for the Colts on day two of the 2020 NFL Draft. His production dipped in 2019 because of poor quarterback play, and it’s likely he will test very well at the combine. He even talked about beating Ruggs in the 40 yard dash. His speed and explosion numbers should put him on the radar early in round two for Indianapolis.
Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
The Colts will take a look into the NFL Draft pool at the tight end position after letting Eric Ebron go. Finding a field stretcher at the position will be important for whoever is under center for the 2020 season. At 6’5″ and 255 pounds, Adam Trautman can be that guy. His athleticism should show up during combine testing, and he could be a target for the Colts at pick 44.
Neville Gallimore, DL, TCU
Neville Gallimore is in that second tier of defensive tackles who could be available early on day two of the 2020 NFL Draft. Gallimore has a quick first step and is excellent at creating pressure from the interior. His agility and explosion numbers will be very good for his size, and may even push him into round one conversation.
Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU
Ross Blacklock is another defensive tackle to keep an eye on. He wreaked havoc as an interior pass rusher at TCU and has been a late riser in the draft process. His numbers will be the talk this week, as good ones could solidify his stock.
Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
Curtis Weaver had an excellent 2019 season, posting 13.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss. His ability to create pressure from the three technique and the five technique is impressive. The Colts could use some help on the edge, and Weaver can be that guy. It will be interesting to see how he tests at the combine.
Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA
Speaking of late risers in the draft process, UCLA tight end Devin Asiasi has gotten attention from draft analysts in the past few weeks. Asiasi fits with what the Colts need at tight end with his straight line speed and his threat in the passing game.
K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
We’ve discussed K.J. Hamler‘s prowess as a separator in the slot and how well he does in space, and his testing numbers will confirm his play. Colts fans should expect a very good 40 time and great agility drills from Hamler.
Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
There isn’t much to pay attention to at the quarterback position in terms of testing numbers, but it’s always fun to see them in drills. Jacob Eason is likely to show out big time in drills among the quarterbacks, and his strong arm will likely be the story after he works out.
Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
Jonathan Greenard is another edge defender for Colts fans to watch at the scouting combine. Greenard wins with a quick first step and strong hands, and his testing numbers will be something to monitor, especially his three cone time.