INDIANAPOLIS — As the Indianapolis Colts’ scouting staff continues to tweak and fine tune its big board for the 2019 NFL Draft, there’s one more prime opportunity left on the calendar to get an up-close-and-personal look at prospects.
The Colts on Saturday are playing host to their annual Local Pro Day, where several NFL hopefuls of local colleges and hometowns will get one final chance to leave a lasting impression on the team before the start of the draft on April 25.
So which players are expected to be in attendance on Saturday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center? Here’s the tentative roster, which is, of course, subject to change:
|WR||Mykelti Armstrong||Marian College|
|TE||Nathan Becker||Miami (Ohio)|
|TE||Brandon Dillon||Marian College|
|LS||Owen Gilbert||Marian College|
|K||Morgan Hagee||Ball State|
|CB||Josh Miller||Ball State|
|LB||Quentin Moon||Western Illinois|
|WR||Jared Ruth||Mount Union|
|CB||D.J. Simmons||North Park|
(Fourty-one players from 14 schools represented: Indiana , Purdue , Illinois , Marian College , Ball State , Bethune-Cookman , Butler , Indianapolis , Louisville , Miami (Ohio) , Missouri , Mount Union , North Park , Western Illinois .)
While the top college prospects have likely already worked out enough for the league’s 32 teams — there have been multiple all-star games, the Scouting Combine and then various college pro days since the end of the 2018 college season — this Local Pro Day is a terrific opportunity for some other players who might’ve fallen through the cracks to show what they’re made of.
Two years ago, center Deyshawn Bond (Cincinnati) and wide receiver Krishawn Hogan (Marian) parlayed their participation in the Colts’ Local Pro Day into eventual roster spots on the 2017 team.
Last year, defensive end Anthony Winbush (Ball State) participated in the Colts’ Local Pro Day at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Ind., and he would also eventually be signed by the team.
Both Hogan and Winbush remain on Indy’s roster.
And while a handful of prospects at the Colts’ Local Pro Days do end up getting selected in the NFL Draft, the event also serves as an occasion for the team to continue building its list of potential undrafted targets to pursue following the conclusion of the draft for the team's offseason roster and for rookie minicamp.
“(It’s) a good thing for us and our staff, coaches, to be able to get their eyes on ‘em, work ‘em out, see how they respond to coaching,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said at last year’s Local Pro Day. “And you never know. I mean, anytime you get a look at a guy, the more looks you get, the more comfortable you feel with him.”