INDIANAPOLIS – More stones will be unturned by the Colts scouting department this weekend.
The never-ending process of building the Colts roster heads to Detroit for the 2014 Super Regional Combine.
A total of 324 prospects will participate this weekend in an event that has been extremely beneficial to the Colts.
This marks just the third year the NFL has had a Super Regional Combine, but the Colts have already found impactful talent.
During the 2013 offseason, the Colts scouted
McNary turned into a key contributor for the Colts near the end of the 2013 season and the inside linebacker credits his performance in Dallas for how he’s found a career in the NFL.
“It was huge and it was really beneficial,” the Army product McNary said of his experience at the Super Regional.
“It was really my only opportunity to get times and stats on paper. When it came down to it, the combine was like my last resort, my last and only hope to get these numbers on paper and get some good looks. They pretty much had a representative from each team around the league that were scouting and just identifying talent out there. It was a good way for me to get into contact with a lot of teams.”
How players end up at a Super Regional Combine comes from a variety of venues.
Near the end of March, the Colts hosted a regional combine at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center with free agents who have never signed a pro contract and free agents with some pro experience.
Various Regional Combines give way to the two-day Super Regional at Ford Field this weekend.
In 2013, 10 players who attended either a Regional and/or the Super Combine went on to make 53-man rosters.
In the two years of existence, the combines have produced 118 players that have participated in NFL training camps.
Here’s a look at six prospects with some Indiana flavor heading to Detroit:
-Greg Heban, Indiana University, Safety: The former IU baseball player transitioned very nicely to the gridiron starting 38 games in his four seasons. Heban hails from Muncie, Ind. and finished his IU career with nine interceptions.
-Michael Josifovski, Marian University, Kicker: Last year, Josifovski was a member of the Colts rookie minicamp participating for his home state NFL team. The Hobart, Ind. native made the game-winning field goal in the 2012 NAIA National Championship in overtime.
-FN Lutz III, Indiana State University, Offensive Guard: Lutz returned from a knee injury in 2012 to anchor the Sycamores offensive line last season. Lutz, a product of West Lafayette, Ind., has the ability to play guard or center.
-Kenneth Plue, Purdue University, Offensive Tackle: At 6-7 and around 360 pounds, Plue will be easy to spot at Ford Field. This is the third run that Plue has had at the NFL after he became a full-time starter for the Boilermakers in his 2008 freshman campaign.
-Cortez Smith, Purdue University, Wide Receiver: Smith played just two seasons at Purdue before off the field issues ended his college career early. In his two seasons, Smith caught 50 passes for 611 yards and six touchdowns for the Boilermakers.
-Darius Willis, Indiana University, Running Back: The 2008 Indiana Mr. Football runner-up (Franklin Central High School) saw his college career come to an end due to injury in 2010. Willis was an All-Big Ten freshman in 2009, highlighted by a 152-yard performance at No. 23 Michigan.