Quick look at the Colts selections from the first two days of the NFL draft.
The draft for the Colts started off with somewhat of a surprise in the first round but rounded off with many of the Colts needs being addressed with the 7 picks that followed.
At first I was surprised with the selection of RB Donald Brown from UConn; however, the pick did make a lot of sense upon further review. The Colts have lost Domenic Rhodes this offseason and the past season revealed the Addai is not capable to carrying a full work load for the season. Hopefully having two capable running backs will be able to bring the Colts running game back into respectability.
Round 1 (Pick 27), Donald Brown, RB UConn, 5-10, 210- Polian called this guy a gamebreaker running back. Scouts were impressed with his quick feet and ability to break big runs. He is a versatile back who can catch out of the backfield, block, make long runs and has been healthy for the most part of his college career. The Colts will use him frequently this year as they did with Domenic Rhodes.
Round 2 (Pick 56), Fili Moala, DT USC, 6-4, 303- The Colts address what is their biggest need with this pick. A big DT to help shore up the run game but also provide pass rush. He has a long reach and quick speed to provide run-stopping ability, pressure on the quarterback and the speed to recover and fill running lanes. The system played in USC will translate very easily over to what the Colts are doing on defense.
Round 3 (Pick 92), Jerraud Powers, CB Auburn, 5-10, 192 – A great playmaker and the best defender on his team. He lacks size but makes up for it in speed, football knowledge and ability to get to the ball and make plays. He should be able to provide some depth at corner for a team that was hampered with injuries last season.
Round 4 (Pick 127), Austin Collie, WR Brigham Yound, 6-0, 200 – A good receiver with good speed but better known for being a great teammate and providing leadership and inspiration for his team. May play as a special teams player or kick returner next year.
Round 4 (Pick 136), Terrance Taylor, DT Michigan, 6-0, 319- Colts get another DT for depth to help that porous D-line.
Round 6 (Pick 201), Curtis Painter, QB Purdue, 6-4, 230 – Strong arm but inconsistent. Will compete to be third string quarterback.
Round 7 ( Pick 222), Pat McAfee, Punter/Kicker, 6-1, 220 – With Hunter Smith becoming a free agent the Colts will need to find a new punter to carry the workload.
Round 7 ( Pick 236), Jaimie Thomas, OT Maryland, 6-4, 322
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Written by Mike Crupi