If I were Andrew Luck, I would have two completely different feelings today. No. 1 – How great is it that my new team loves me so much that they drafted soley for my benefit? No. 2 – Oh my God, my new team drafted soley for my benefit!
It is said that defenses come together faster than offenses. It is easier to teach a defense than it is the offense. Makes sense. The Colts obviously had that in mind when they went into tha 2012 NFL draft.
Everyone knew Luck was #1. Grabbing Coby Fleener in the second round seemed like destiny. Dwayne Allen completed the 2 tightend set that the Colts are believed to be installing for the “New Look Colts”. T.Y. Hilton gives the team some outside speed, and finally, hopefully a return guy that can average more than 5 yards per return.
So where’s the D? For three days fans were screaming for some defensive picks, especially for a CB. The Colts never drafted a CB but they did get Josh Chapman from NCAA Champ Alabama. A big, run-stuffing DT, Chapman should compete right away to start or at least first in on the rotation.
RB Vick Ballard, WR LaVon Brazil, OT Justin Anderson and DE Tim Fugger seem destined for either the practice squad or free agency, maybe special teams in the case of Ballard and Fugger.
The only reason I can see, as far as the Chandler Harnish pick is concerned, is that he’s from Indiana and the Colts wanted him to have all the benefits the NFL gives “Mr. Irrelevent”. The Colts already have three QBs.
For all those arm chair GMs in Indianapolis the Colts did sign five DBs as undrafted free agents. There will undoubtedly be some veteran FAs available, but with the current financial situation for Indianapolis, don’t count on any big names coming our way. Wait until next year.
As I said earlier, defense comes along quicker than the offense and I believe Ryan G and Chucky P are somewhat satisfied with the current defensive situation. Veterans Bethea, Powers, Freeny, Mathis, Reading, McKinney, Angerer, etc. give the Colts a solid starting foundation for a new defensive scheme that may not dominate, but will do just fine.
I don’t believe in grading drafts right after the event itself. I believe it takes at least a year, maybe two to get a real feeling of how you did in a draft. When you dismiss a legend to draft another (maybe), you better surround him with what comforts him. His best friend, favorite target and college roommate is a good start. Adding other elements to help him in his rookie year is just smart.
The defense will come, be patient. Right now the Colts need to protect the franchise. Right now the franchise is Andrew Luck.
About the Author
Written by Rich Marchione
I have lived in Indiana most of my life with the exception a stint in the Marine Corps in the early 80's. I currently live in Anderson, IN, where the Colts camp out for the summer. I have followed the Colts since the Jeff George days. Back then you had to go to the game to watch them because they weren't very good and around Indiana basketball was king, so they were never on television. Then Peyton showed up and the rest was history. Now he's gone and we start a new era. I am excited about all the new changes and will be following them closely. I am married to Cynthia Marchione, I have one daughter, Kaylee and three step-children, Jason, Autumn and Nikki. I also have eight grandchildren.