INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL Scouting Combine has begun in Indianapolis.
While prospects won't hit the field for drills until Friday, things pick up steam on Wednesday and Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
What should Colts fans be watching for this week?
Pagano And Grigson Talk
For the first time since the end of the 2014 season, Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson will meet the media. The two are scheduled to talk Thursday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium (1:30 for Grigson and 2:00 for Pagano) as virtually every head coach and general manager in the NFL will speak this week in Indianapolis. If there are any updates regarding the retirement thoughts of Cory Redding and Reggie Wayne, those answers should come Thursday.Colts Positions To Watch
As the Colts head into the Combine, a few positions look to be more of a need than others. Now, this could change between now and the draft, with free agency beginning on March 10. The LaRon Landry release means the safety position is certainly a priority right now. With Mike Adams and Sergio Brown hitting free agency, the Colts have no returning starting safeties under contract. Running back and defensive line appear to be other areas to watch over the offseason.**
How Deep Is The 2015 Draft?**
Last year, the wide receiver class was the talk of the 2014 Combine and followed that up with a record-setting year from that rookie group. Early prognosis on the 2015 class has the running back position as one of the deepest collections of ball carriers in the last decade. At initial glance, the safety group doesn't appear to be very deep near the top end. There is a significant amount of fewer underclassmen in this year's class though with just 74 early entries, compared to 98 in 2014.Who Makes Noise?
When players hit the field for on-the-field workouts starting Friday, that's when the NFL Network hype begins. Whoever lights up the 40-yard dash and various other drills could see a rise in their stock. What isn't seen on NFL Network though probably carries more weight in the eventual draft process. Interviews between personnel people/coaches and prospects, along with medical reports, serve as tremendous resources to complete the draft portfolio on these guys.The Debate Over Winston And Mariota
The "rock star" media session of the week will be when Jameis Winston takes to the podium on Thursday (similar to Manti Te'o in 2013 and Johnny Manziel in 2014). While the debate over Winston and Marcus Mariota (which seems to be favoring Winston early on) won't impact what the Colts will do at pick No. 29, there is Colts relevance. Tampa Bay has the No. 1 overall pick and Tennessee is right behind them at No. 2. Those are two teams on the Colts schedule next season with quarterback needs. Reports indicate Winston and Mariota will both throw on Saturday at the Combine, a change from what many top quarterbacks typically do in Indy.