INDIANAPOLIS – For the 21 draft eligible prospects attending Wednesday’s Local Pro Day, the names
Under the watchful eye of the Colts personnel department, 21 Indianapolis area natives will be trying to follow in the footsteps of guys like Doyle and Reitz of not only making the NFL, but playing for their hometown team.
Each NFL team is allowed to host its own local Pro Day and the Colts will do just that on Wednesday afternoon at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
Per the NFL, to be eligible for the workout players must have attended a college or university within a 40-mile radius of Lucas Oil Stadium.
Here’s a look at the eight defensive prospects expected to attend:
Vince Coach, Safety, Adams State (Lawrence North High School)
-Coach was a junior college transfer who spent his last two seasons playing for Division II Adams State University. The LN product calls the Colts his favorite professional sports team.
Jeffrey Garrett, Cornerback, Ball State (Ben Davis High School)
-Garrett was a three-year starter for one of the winningest classes in Ball State history. A high school teammate of Isaiah Lewis (below), Garrett had five interceptions last season for the Cardinals.
Isaiah Lewis, Safety, Michigan State (Ben Davis High School)
-The hard-hitting safety became an All-Big Ten player for the Rose Bowl winners. Despite tearing his ACL in his 2010 senior season at Ben Davis, Lewis went on to be a three-year starter at Michigan State.
James Manuel, Linebacker, Minnesota (Warren Central High School)
-Manuel came to Minnesota as a safety but eventually grew into a linebacker. He was two-year contributor at the linebacker position and that’s where the 225-pounder is expected to project at the next level.
Blake Riley, Linebacker, Central State (Pike High School)
-The name “Riley” should sound familiar to Colts fans. Blake’s father, Geno, played for the Colts in 1990.
Shawn Shupperd, Defensive End, Eastern Kentucky (Brownsburg High School)
-At 6-5 and 280 pounds, Shupperd certainly has the frame that can hold up along an NFL defensive line. Shupperd used that elite height to block seven kicks during his time at Brownsburg.
Jeremy Stephens, Linebacker, Butler (Lawrence Central High School
-Stephens was a three-year starter (at defensive end) for the Bulldogs after transferring from Thomas More College in 2010. In May, Stephens will represent the United States in the World University Games in Sweden.
Jordan Stepp, Defensive Tackle, Cincinnati (Ben Davis High School)
-At 281 pounds, Stepp isn’t the biggest defensive tackle trying to play at the next level but he excels in the weight room. Stepp piled up 43 tackles and six sacks as a senior while earning first-team All-American Conference honors.