A quick look at the Colts draft outlook, the positions that need to be filled and my choice for the Colts first round pick.
In pro sports we see it time and time again: How do you build a consistently great team? The answer continues to be without a doubt: Drafting properly!!
The NFL is possibly the only sport that you can find a great player in any round of the draft. With so many coaches running different systems, as long as you have the desired traits that team is looking for, it will not be long for you to step into that line-up and begin contributing. The Colts may be the best example of filling holes through the draft. With Tony Dungy and Bill Polian, the Colts always looked for three things: ( 1) Speed, 2) the ability to think the game, 3) character) and were usually able to find these kind of guys in later rounds of the draft. Bob Sanders for example was skipped over by every team once before being selected by the Colts in second round. This is just to give you a slight overview of how important the NFL draft really is.
In my estimation there are a few positions where the Colts could go in the first two rounds of this draft where they currently pick 27th and 61st overall.
With the departure of the incomparable Marvin Harrison, do not be surprised to see the Colts select a wide receiver who can step into a slot back role or a wide receiver role barring any injuries to Anthony Gonzalez and Reggie Wayne. Let’s be honest, while Manning could throw passes to an unzipped duffel bag if he had to, spectators can really see how much that offence could benefit by throwing another legitimate threat in Marvin’s old spot after his ineffective season last year and giving Manning something new throw to with all the focus that is going to be placed on covering Marvin Harrison.
There is no secret in “Colts land”, this is a team that has always lacked that big shutdown linebacker who can stop the run and make big impact hits. At this moment the team has Hagler, Keiaho and Brackett; however, these guys are undersized and the Colts may look to add some depth or a starter at this position. Colts linebackers have always been fast and have kept the play in front of them to make tackles; however, last season the Colts suffered from some poor tackling at the linebacker position and could use a larger frame guy who can come up and make tackles at the line of scrimmage and give that Colts defence those 3rd and longs they use so often to make big sacks and interceptions.
In my opinion, this is the Colts’ biggest hole. Season after season the same thing happens, the Colts are able to shutdown the throwing game of opposing quarterbacks but if their defensive line isn’t making sacks, they are allowing 8-12 yard gains per running play. This team is missing a large man up the middle to plus the running lanes and dictate the offensive line of the other team. When Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are firing off the edge looking for sacks, the rest of the Colts defensive line needs to step up and make the tackles at the line up scrimmage. I fully expect to see the Colts select a DT in the first two rounds of this draft.
My 1st Round Pick:
My choice for the Colts first round pick would have to be DT Evander Hood from Missouri. He is a 6’3, 300lb defensive line specialist who helped the Missouri Tigers to rank 2nd in the Big 12 in rushing yards allowed with 124 yards per game. He would be able to step in right away and help the Colts to stop the run. As well as being able to stop the run, Hood is more than capable of causing disarray with enemy quarterbacks with 10 sacks last season.
It should be a great day and I will follow with some analysis shortly following the Colts’ selection in the first round.
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Written by Mike Crupi