Drafting for the Indianapolis Colts is always an adventure. There are multiple needs for this team, but yet there don’t seem to be too many holes. One thing that can be certain, the Colts will surprise you, and the draft success of the Colts is always a matter of hindsight. I remember the day we drafted Joseph Addai, and I didn’t know anything about him, but now, aside from Edgerrin James, I can’t imagine another more fitting back for our system. Polian has a surprise or two up his sleeve this year.
The most obvious and pressing needs are as follows:
Primarily the position I hear people talking about is Offensive Tackle. This issue came to the forefront when the Colts lost 3 straight games, and Manning threw 12 interceptions in that span. This might not be as large of an issue for the front office as it is for the casual fan. I have heard through multiple sources that Charlie Johnson, the Colts LT for the past two seasons, played hurt all season long. And the line was only fully healthy the last 3-4 games of the year. And if you recall we rushed very well in the last 4 games of the season (Titans, Jacksonville, Oakland, Titans).
Again, don’t get me wrong. This is still a pretty key issue. If we could draft a starting left tackle, and push Johnson inside to guard (his natural position) and get either Pollack, Devan, Thomas, or Richard at the opposite guard spot with Saturday in the middle and Diem on the right, the Colts line may be hard to beat. Don’t forget this team was lowest in the league in sacks allowed.
Obviously the loss of Bob Sanders doesn’t affect the team much, he has only played in 9 games the past 3 seasons. But losing him means we are no longer expecting him to be healthy, which means we will most likely play with Antoine Bethea and Melvin Bullitt. Now interestingly enough Bullitt’s contract has expired, so the Colts will either have to sign him, or go with a rookie in the draft (I can’t see Polian doing that). On top of all of that Jamie Silva is a free agent. I like Bullitt, I think he is a solid, fundamentally sound player, but I think the front office will likely see if they can get some value with a safety in the draft.
This is a position that seems strong at the time, but Reggie Wayne is entering the final year of his contract, and if we lose Reggie we go from having a “star-studded” receiving corps, to a receiving corps full of a bunch of #2 receivers with Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, Anthony Gonzalez, and possibly Taj Smith. If the Colts don’t want to fork over a large contract to an aging receiver after next year, they may draft one in the first round, and try to groom him into a number one receiver to take Wayne’s place when/if he leaves. Plus keep in mind Garcon has had his issues (for a read at why I’m not sold in Pierre click here). And also we know the Collie and Gonzalez has had some issues with health.
I know this may sound a little fishy. But the only running back who has a contract for next season is Donald Brown. And Brown essentially lost his spot to Addai and Rhodes in the final 3 games of the season. That means Addai, Rhodes, and Mike Hart are all free agents. I believe the Colts will sign one (or all of the 3). But because free agency is up in the air, and the draft is before any settlements of the labor disputes, the Colts may grab a RB as security.
Going forward I would like to look into these positions a little more in depth. The available college players and where the Colts may look for these players.
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Written by Nick Clason
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