First-Day DE To Visit the Colts

Yep, you read that right. Based on what I learned on Monday, one of the Colts' first pre-draft visitors in April will be a very talented defensive end who's not likely to be on the board past the second round.

Monday evening I confirmed through a source close to Hawaii's Ikaika Alama-Francis that the highly-regarded defensive end will be visiting the Indianapolis Colts on April 1st.

Alama-Francis, the son of former Packers quarterback Joe Francis, played one year of Pop Warner football and didn't return to the gridiron until his sophomore year in college. But his star has risen quickly at the University of Hawaii under a pair of former NFL head coaches -- June Jones and Jerry Glanville, who are the head coach and defensive coordinator, respectively, at the school.

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The big question for the Colts will be whether or not they'll use their first-round pick on a position where they already have Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, but could certainly use some more talent behind the duo. Unless they can package some of their picks, which is possible with the additional compensatory picks they received, the 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman will likely be heading to another team well before the end of the second round.

In addition to being a top quality individual, Alama-Francis has the speed that the Colts love in their defensive players. He's so quick for his size that two teams are interested in working him out as a tight end - a position he's never played. And some 3-4 teams are looking at him as a linebacker.

The other draw is that he's simply a playmaker. In the last two years as a starter, Alama-Francis was credited with 9 sacks, 23 QB hurries, 3 forced fumbles, 4 passes defended, 88 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss and a blocked kick.

Stop back daily this week so you don't miss my series on Akaika (pronounced ee-KY-ka) and an exclusive interview with him that will be published at ColtPower.

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