At Boston College's Pro Day, the Colts showed interest in Division II prospect Mackenzy Bernadeau from little Bentley College in the northeast.
Bernadeau played tackle for the majority of his career, but lacks ideal height (6 feet, 3 1/2 inches) and weight (298 pounds) to play the position at the NFL level and grades out as a guard prospect in this year's draft.
Since Jake Scott signed a four-year contract with the Titans, Indianapolis certainly has a spot to fill at the position and will most likely go their standard route and fill that need with a late-round prospect.
Bill Polian has a strong track record of unearthing solid guards deep into the second day and in the free agency period immediately following the draft and it looks as though he's identified another such pro.
Bentley College's Mackenzy Bernadeau
The fact that he played against a lower level of competition at Bentley and that he missed the final seven games of the 2007 season with a knee injury means he will be sliding down the boards of a number of teams and will probably be rated as a seventh-round pick or a priority free agent.
But he certainly has value to the Colts, since he ran the short shuttle in 4.56 seconds, which is an excellent time for a man his size and a full .7 seconds faster than his 40-yard dash. That shows that he has excellent lateral movement and should be able to pull and slant in the running schemes that Indianapolis deploys, as well as kick to the outside to pick up a blitzer in the passing game — and he posted very respectable time of 1.76 seconds in the 10-yard dash.
To put the 1.76 number in perspective, most receivers run that drill in about a second and a half and top offensive line prospect Jake Long registered a time of 1.75 seconds.
This means that Bernadeau possesses elite-level short-area quickness, which the most important kind of quickness to have for a lineman.
For any scout that think his 40 time of 5.25 seconds is too slow, the best response to that is not to send him on any fly or go routes.
By all accounts and tests, he has recovered from the knee injury that sidelined him last season and, prior to that injury, had started 37 consecutive games for the Falcons.
He would not appear to be an injury risk, has the size, tools, and ability that Indianapolis is looking for at the guard position, and has at least one season to learn under Howard Mudd until the Colts need to make a decision on Dylan Gandy's future.
Since Indianapolis has the proper track record, coaching staff, and timeline in place to prepare Bernadeau for the starting lineup, it would make the most sense for them to draft him in the sixth or seventh round and not take the chance of him hitting the open market in free agency.
Anything can happen when the free-for-all starts after Mr. Irrelevant is announced, so if the Colts like Bernadeau, they should cover their bets and draft him early, even if it is a bit of a reach.