Colts scouts were spotted at Missouri's Pro Day this week. And while quarterback Brad Smith was the center of attention for most of the scouts, the Bears and the Colts took particular interest in another player while they were there – linebacker Derrick Ming.
Ming's agent, Chris Bailey of MAC Sports & Entertainment, told ColtPower that one of the scouts from the Bears asked Ming if he would run some drills as a fullback after watching him run some routes for quarterback Brad Smith out of the fullback position. As a two-time all-conference running back in high school, Ming had the speed, size and agility needed to raise the eyebrows of some of the scouts with his versatility and talent.
As his workout progressed, the 5'8, 245-pound linebacker bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times, had a vertical leap of 35 1/2 inches, and finished second in the 40-yard dash with a 4.47 second time. The Colts scheduled time to meet with Ming following the workouts.
Although the Colts could certainly use a fullback to help them with their short-yardage running attack, Ming should also prove to be just as interesting to them for his special teams play and his athleticism at the linebacker position. Up until his senior year, Ming primarily played on special teams and showed good instincts for finding the ball. And he developed a reputation as a solid hitter. Then in his first full season as a starting linebacker in 2005, he finished fourth on the team in total tackles (81).
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Another prospect the Colts may have been looking at, guard Tony Palmer, reportedly had an impressive showing on the bench press - 34 reps at 225 pounds. But according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, many scouts were disappointed by his speed and agility times, including a 5.4 second forty-yard dash.
While the Colts are also scouting young quarterback talent, Smith is an unlikely choice for them as he's being projected as a wide receiver at the pro level. But Smith did a full workout strictly from the quarterback position and appeared to be drawing some interest from the Rams. He reportedly will workout as a receiver at Missouri on April 4th.
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