When it became known that the Indianapolis Colts worked out a few quarterbacks during the pre-draft process, it became a surprise to some.
“We have gone out as has been reported and worked out some quarterbacks, which has been a little bit different for us. We’ve had the luxury for a while to say we’re set at the position for the foreseeable future. One part about the draft process is that it gives you the ability to evaluate players both on the field and off the field. We don’t have that ability in pro scouting. You can only watch tape in pro scouting,” Colts vice president and general manager Chris Polian said.
It’s been confirmed the Cotls worked out QBs Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick and also had QB T.J. Yates in for a visit.
With starting QB Peyton Manning turning earlier this year, this might be the NFL Draft where the Colts seriously consider selecting his long-term backup or potential replacement.
“What we do in the draft, and what our scouts provide us, is the foundation for the organization’s opinion and value of the player until such time he defines himself as a pro. The college scouting report is always carried over with the player,” Polian explained. “We just felt where we had some guys on the board and where we’re at in terms of looking towards the future, it was probably wise to take advantage of the opportunity the draft process gives you in terms of knowing people. Sometimes you choose to do that for this particular draft, and you can also choose to do it to build up your information as you move forward for some possibilities down the road. A lot of what we do in the draft, a lot of what the scouts do in the draft is not just necessarily for the draft at all. It carries forward. We’re just making sure we take advantage of the opportunity to get to know as many players as possible. One thing I do need to add, we work a lot of players out, our scouts and coaches. It just some gather a little bit more attention media-wise than others. There have been a lot of workouts, not just a couple and that’s been at various positions.”