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Colts Running Backs
Posted By Nick Clason On Apr 21 2011 @ 9:00 am In Indianapolis Colts | 1 Comment
This is the fourth and final installment of our series on the Colts draft needs . The reason I say this is an off-season need is due to the fact that the only running back under contract from last season is Donald Brown. I hope (and think) the Colts will bring back Joseph Addai, Dominic Rhodes, and Mike Hart, or all three. Addai proved to be incredibly valuable after being out last season for 8 games in a row. Brown ended up getting buried on the depth chart come the final weeks of the season, this after having a career performance against Jacksonville.
I think the problem is not with Brown, but it was more with the offensive line last season. Sure Brown is weaker in pass protection than Addai, but Brown was drafted to being the stretch play back to Indy. [I remember the first drive of the Chargers game when Brown caught at least 3 passes in the flat and gained a number of yards after the catch, proving he is dangerous in the open field.] He simply did not get that chance with the discontinuity upfront with the O-line. I think Brown can be a starter for the Colts in the future.
I still like Addai better, and I think he is the best option for the team considering our offensive line issues and his ability to create something out of nothing. Remember though, Addai is not under contract, therefore running back technically is an issue.
If none of our current backs are resigned then one will need to be added via the draft. Because I don’t think this is an incredibly pressing issue I am only going to do the top 3 backs the Colts may be considering.
3. Ryan Williams
School: Virginia Tech Height: 5’9″ Weight: 212 lbs Class: Sophomore
Williams is an effective runner, yet however he is an effective outside runner as well. He is a high effort runner and rus with a good pad level. He needs to develop is little bit as a pass rusher. I could see this happening if Williams slides to the fourth or fifth round. He would be a good outside runner, but then again that would give us two “Donald Brown-like players.” He could add to depth, but may not be an immediate starter (especially if the formerly mentioned backs are resigned at all).
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