Colts Will Check Out Tall Target for Manning

ColtPower has learned that Indianapolis is one of at least ten teams that will attend the Pro Day of Ed Nelson, a six-foot-eight, 265-pound basketball player out of Connecticut.

Brace yourselves, Colts fans.

Admit it. As much as you may have grown to love former Colts tight end Marcus Pollard, remember how quickly you tired of hearing announcers remind the fans -- seemingly during every broadcast -- that Pollard played basketball, not football, in college.

Well, the Colts are one of at least ten teams who have committed to sending a representative to watch another basketball player who has decided to try to make it in the NFL as a tight end -- despite playing just one year of high school football and not a single snap at the collegiate level.

Ed Nelson, a six-foot-eight, 265-pound power forward for the Huskies will be holding a Pro Day on Friday, and according to his agent, Joe Linta, the Colts, Jaguars, Steelers, Bills, Chargers, Ravens, Jets, Eagles, Chiefs, Patriots, Packers intend to send a team representative to the event.

"I'm excited about exploring the option of competing in the NFL," Nelson said in a statement released by the university. "I feel that the hard work and work ethic that I showed during my college basketball career will help me to be ready for this opportunity."

Linta clearly came away as a believer after watching Nelson work out, running some of the drills he'll show off to scouts this week.

"I came up to work out Ed with little expectations and came away convinced that he is an NFL prospect at the tight end position," said Linta. "He is very quick, has outstanding hands and great lower body strength.


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