INDIANAPOLIS –In less than a week, the Colts will be welcoming back their own players for the start of the 2017 offseason program.
On Wednesday, the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center was busy though with more than 25 area draft prospects hoping to be Colts in a few weeks.
The Colts hosted their annual Local Pro Day on Wednesday morning, which included several potential draftees who participated in this year's NFL Combine.
A new NFL rule this year expanded the talent pool for the Colts Pro Day attendees to three Big Ten colleges.
Prospects from Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, along with collegians that went to high school in the Indianapolis area were at the west side complex working out in front of Colts coaches and the personnel department.
"It's really special for kids that have rooted for the Colts, to get to come spend time in our facility and work with our coaches," new GM Chris Ballard said on Wednesday.
"I think we've had a kid (make an NFL roster) in every one of these workouts the last few years so this is just another piece to the puzzle that we will go back and put together with this workout, with their film, who they are as persons and figure out what we are going to do."
Prospects went through a Combine-like setting (40-yard dash, vertical jump, short shuttle, etc.) before taking part in position drills ran by the coaching staff.
Ballard had a few positions in particular catch his eye.
"I was really impressed with the O-line and the outside linebackers, really good movement," Ballard said. "There's a couple of big wideouts that could really run, so that's exciting to see."
Here's the list of 2017 Local Pro Day attendees for the Colts:
NT-Rob Bain (Illinois)
C-Deyshawn Bond (Cincinnati, Warren Central High School)
DT-Jarrod "Chunky" Clements (Illinois)
OT-Michael Demos (Butler)
OL-Dan Feeney (Indiana)
P-Ryan Frain (Scecina High School, Illinois)
RB-Jakhari Gore (Marian)
WR/CB-Justin Hardee (Illinois)
OT-DeAndre Herron (Emporia State University, Avon High School)
WR-Krishawn Hogan (Marian, Warren Central High School)
WR-Ricky Jones (Indiana)
OG-Jason King (Purdue)
ILB-Tim Kimbrough (Georgia, Warren Central High School)
QB-Wes Lunt (Illinois)
ILB-Marcus Oliver (Indiana)
WR/PR-Mitchell Paige (Indiana, Guerin Catholic High School)
DE-Evan Panfil (Purdue)
WR-Cameron Posey (Purdue)
DE-Joshua Posley (Ball State, Warren Central High School)
OLB-Gimel President (Illinois)
RB-Devine Redding (Indiana)
OG-Jordan Roos (Purdue)
OLB-Dawuane Smoot (Illinois)
OT-Jon Toth (Kentucky, Brebuf Jesuit High School)
WR-Anthony Warrum (Illinois State, Heritage Christian High School)
**WR-Domonique Young (Purdue)
More than 25 local draft prospects were at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Wednesday for the Colts Local Pro Day.
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