Colts Blog: March 23, 2007

A visit to Boston College's pro day gave the Colts' scouts a much closer look at two offensive linemen and one very promising young linebacker.

While the Colts are normally the most discreet team in the NFL when it comes to scouting, they may have tipped their hand yesterday. The Colts were quite obvious at Boston College's pro day, sizing up the Eagles' draft-worthy specimens — and one other guy who might be more interesting.

The Eagles' strength last season, as is often the case, was their offensive line. And it has yielded two players worth high draft picks:

OT James Marten (6074/309/5.08): A great football player with character, drive and game intelligence. He's better athlete than he's given credit for and will be drafted higher than most think — maybe the second round — because of his potential to start at left tackle in the NFL.

G Josh Beekman (6015/313/5.36): A massively strong brawler, has an excellent mind and technique, but just isn't quick enough to do everything he wants. While I think he may be an effective NFL lineman, it will probably be with a team that prizes strength and size over quickness and athleticism — which counts out the Colts. The team that drafts him may want to eventually move him to center.

Offensive line is a need for the Colts, but not a very pressing one. More intriguing to Colts fans is another player who worked out with the Boston College players because he attended nearby Brown and pro scouts just wouldn't be lured to an Ivy League campus in Rhode Island:

LB Zak DeOssie (6045/250/4.58): Very little not to like about this guy except for the competition he played against. His dad, Steve, was a solid pro and the boy can tackle, cover and blitz. He'll need a bit of time to learn how to shed NFL blockers, but has future starter wither at Mike or Sam written all over him.

Considering that the Colts are always looking for linebackers — and the Rob Morris II experiment showed big is not always bad — an explosive, never-give-up guy like DeOssie is perhaps just what they need. But buzz is building on him, especially after great performances in his speed and agility drills, so he will not come cheaply.

• I don't think anyone was surprised the Colts re-signed starting guard Ryan Lilja, but bringing back Dan Klecko may have raised a few eyebrows.

While his two-way play and gritty attitude have made him something of a folk hero among fans, he's still too undersized to contribute much at defensive tackle and has major durability problems. Although he can throw the odd block and catch the occasional trick pass, he doesn't have a complete skill set as an offensive player and his contributions there will be limited.

Klecko will help the team when he's healthy and spotted, just don't expect more from his than you saw last season.

• The Gilbert Gardner signing is now official. Woo hoo.

• Although I certainly wouldn't blame the Texans' woes on David Carr, the team is better off with Matt Schaub. He's not just a better passer, he's cooler under pressure and a better athlete.

But whenever a promising backup changes teams, you have to wonder if you're getting Mark Brunell or Joe Pisarcik? Matt Hasselbeck or Ed Luther?

Not only am I sure Schaub will flourish, I think the Falcons kept the wrong quarterback.

As for Carr, I think he'll do okay once he's out of that house of horrors — as long as he doesn't go to Oakland.

• It being widely reported that the Colts are scouting CFL wide receiver Jamel Richardson. Unlike recent signee Kenton Keith (also from Saskatchewan), Robertson didn't exactly tear up the league. Last year he was the Roughriders' seventh-leading receiver with 16-270-2 in a pass-happy league. He does have a great ability to pick up yards after the catch, though.

Richardson has some value as a special-teamer, but neither as a returner or a kamikaze.

While I certainly wouldn't be upset if the Colts signed him — he won't make much cash and you never know with receivers, they are a strange breed — I wouldn't put too much weight on it either.

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