Colts Blog: March 13, 2007

The Colts have been looking at premium defensive ends before the draft; are they looking for a starting prospect? Find out what we've been hearing inside...

ColtPower sources have told me some draft prospects the Colts have shown interest in. While it's not surprising that the Colts' scouts have been eying the outside linebackers like they were supermodels, we have learned they have been inspecting defensive ends just as diligently. And even more intriguingly, many of the prospects they have approached have been potential first or second rounders and all of them have way more sand in their pants than Colts fans have grown used to at end.

While it's not impossible that the Colts are looking to convert one of these college ends to a pro tackle á la Raheem Brock, the more likely scenario is that they are looking for a left end starter so that Robert Mathis can return to the role of pass-rush specialist, at which he is far more effective.

Still, you have to wonder what's going on when current starters Dwight Freeney and Mathis have bank-breaking contracts and No. 3 end Josh Thomas gets what's basically a starter's salary. I know Colts president Bill Polian loves pass-rushers, but he could be going too far.

Our sources also report that the Colts have paid a lot of attention to mid-round quality wide receivers and late-round/free agent fullbacks and power-running halfback prospects.

More news on who the Colts are looking at will be published in our Colts Scout series in upcoming days.

• In former Colts news, wide receiver Brandon Stokely is reportedly talking with the Broncos and tight end Marcus Pollard has signed with the Seahawks.

Should the Broncos sign Stokely, they could be getting a huge bargain. Just two years removed from a 1,077-yard, 10-touchdown year, Stokely has repeatedly proven he can be one of the most dangerous receivers in the league, especially when he works out of the slot. But the problem is that his slight frame and reckless style of play makes him a regular in the trainer's room (he's played just 74 of 128 regular-season games in his NFL career). If he passes the physical, though, the Broncos could have a major weapon on their hands.

While Pollard may not have a lot left in the tank (just 12-100-0 receiving for Detroit last year), he's a great guy to have around. A smart, disciplined and intelligent fellow, Pollard's best quality may be what he imparts to Seattle's young players. Until the Pollard signing, the only tight ends on the Seahawks roster were Will Heller (who?) and talented but ridiculously fragile Bennie Joppru. Last year's starter, unrestricted free agent Jerramy Stevens, was arrested today for DUI and possession of marijuana. If Pollard makes the squad, don't be surprised to see him make a few key third-down conversions.

The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that the Eagles have no interest in former Colts safety Mike Doss, contrary to many published reports. I'm not shocked. Doss carries some baggage after an offseason arrest, is coming off a very serious injury and has had an up-and-down NFL career. While Brian Dawkins is getting old, he and new starter Sean Considine represent better bang for the buck than Doss. Besides, this is the most safety-rich draft I can remember.

• Conversely, free-agent corner Nick Harper signed with the Tennessee Titans. It makes some sense. The Flamin' Thumbtacks had a great deal of room under the cap and the Titans could use a reliable corner. Adam "Pacman" Jones is a major talent but simply can't be relied upon, and while Reynaldo Hill and Cortland Finnegan have shown flashes, they are both better suited to nickel and dime duty. Harper is from and went to college in small-town Georgia, so Tennessee's location could have been as much a lure as it's upward trajectory and ability to pay him.


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