Vickers is an Intriguing Prospect for Colts

With Colts president Bill Polian expressing concern over the past two years about the short-yardage running attack, Colorado's Lawrence Vickers should be getting a look from Indy. Here's how he did on his recent Pro Day in front of scouts from roughly 25 NFL teams.

Lawrence Vickers, FB
Wt: 241
40: 4.82/4.75
Vertical: 31.5 inches
10-yard shuttle: 1.72/1.70
20-yard shuttle: 2.80/2.84

The voluble Vickers participated in some of the tests Friday, but took his combine numbers in other tests. Vickers has been living in Houston since December. He played in the Senior Bowl, and along with that, the NFL combine and Friday's timing day, has shown his stuff plenty in front of scouts.

Vickers seemed to enjoy the attention during timing day. He said scouts had told him they knew he could run and catch, but wanted to see if he could block prior to the Senior Bowl. He feels like he's proven that aspect of his game.

He didn't drop any passes Friday, and Vickers reported that he didn't drop any at the combine or during the Senior Bowl game.

"I'm having fun. I don't ever want to turn it into a business. That's what it is, a business. You go to work and you get paid. But I never want to turn it into that. I just go out there and play football and let all the other people worry about all the other stuff," Vickers said.

Vickers has hired an agent, Brian Overstreet, but he's ready with his own sales pitch. He let us in on a bit of it.

"You've got a two-for-one deal (with me); you've got an all-purpose guy. You get you a fullback, a third-down back and a short-yardage back. You get you a well-rounded athlete, plus a person that wants to go in there and bang, you know? I kind of demonstrated that at the Senior Bowl, I wanted to go in there and bang. I was the only fullback on our side. Steady bangin'. We had a drive where we ran the whole drive, and I banged the whole way down the field. That's what I wanted them to see."

Here's the inside scoop on Vickers according to our network draft experts at TFY Draft Preview:

Bio: Second-team All-Conference selection who posted 73/258/9 on the ground, and 26/152/2 as a pass catcher. Junior rushing totals included 63/252/2 with receiving numbers of 28/290.

Pos: Aggressive triple-threat fullback offering a variety of skills. Quick off the snap, displays good vision and plays with solid pad level. Jolts opponents at the point and is aggressive in all aspects. Effective ball-handler who breaks tackles, picking up yardage off initial contact. Contorts to the errant throw as a pass-catcher, making the reception away from his frame.

Neg: Has marginal blocking strength and struggles removing linebackers.

Analysis: A team player and leader on the field, Vickers is an offensive threat who would thrive in a West Coast system. Should also be a solid special-teams player.

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