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Posted on: April 15, 2010 6:30 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2010 7:04 pm
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Irish Dawg's Collob Mock Draft: Colts Selections

Going into the draft, my prime concern was to find a franchise LT, followed by improving out special teams play, pass rushing depth, and short yardage offense.  The Colts draft selections are as follows:

1 (31):  Charles Brown, LT, USC - I was surprised and overjoyed to see Brown fall to me here, as LT is clearly the biggest need for the Colts this offseason.  My decision was made much more difficult by the fact that Jason Pierre-Paul had somehow fallen to me as well, so there was really an internal tug of war between these two.  In the end, I decided that LT is the bigger team need, and Brown better fit the team than Pierre-Paul, a boom or bust player who could end up providing little to no depth behind Freeney and Mathis.  Plus, perhaps the biggest reason Brown won out is that his selection upgrades TWO positions once you shift incumbent LT Charlie Johnson to OG, his more natural position.

2 (63):  Javier Arenas, CB/KR, Alabama - Lets face it:  the Colts special teams unit has been below par for a long, long time.  T.J. Rushing and Chad Simpson are not up to snuff as return specialists, and Rushing himself offers no value as a backup CB.  Arenas, the most explosive return specialist in college football, will add a third dimension to the Colts next season, that of great special teams play.  Plus (and this is where the second round value comes in) he excels in zone coverage, projecting as a nickel CB in the NFL, which is perfect with Kelvin Hayden, Jerraud Powers, and Jacob Lacey in front of him.  In this passing leauge, you can never have too many DB's, especially with the way our secondary likes to get hurt.

3 (94):  Toby Gerhart, RB/FB, Stanford - Oh the outcries upon making this pick.  Most bemoaned it as a horrible choice at a position we have recently spent two first round picks on.  This is true I suppose, but Gerhart is really being looked upon here as a short yardage specialist, but let's face it:  Gerhart is the best between the tackles rusher in this draft.  End of story.  The Colts really don't have a runner who can really pick up those tough yards between the tackles.  Gerhart is the player in this draft for that, and his attitude and temperment fit the Colts beautifully.  He also provides outstanding depth behind Joseph Addai and Donald Brown, which should crate an explosive platoon of RB's.  Plus, with about 8 third round rated DE's still available, it makes much more sense to wait until the 4th round to address DE depth.

4 (129):  C.J. Wilson, DE, East Carolina - Wilson was second or third on my list when I looked at DE in the third round, and luckily he fell into my lap here at the end of the 4th round.  Wilson fills the role left open by Raheem Brock's departure, a strong, relentless DE who can play outside on running downs and inside on passing downs, which, when paired with Freeney and Mathis on the edge, will be very scary.  He has enough pass rushing skills to fill in for either Freeney or Mathis if one is injured.

5 (162):  Rennie Curran, OLB, Georgia - Curran has the look of a prototypical Colts LB, but with more talent.  The knock on Curran is his size, which the Colts don't mind in their LB's as long as you have the speed to make up for it.  Curran has a knack for being able to slip under would-be blockers to hit his man in the backfield, which will translate well to the NFL game, and will be a big boost on our dreadful special teams unti as well.

7 (238):  Shelley Smith, OG, Colorado State - A strong and quick guard who fits our blocking scheme like a glove.  Has the potential to wind up starting on our OLine next season.

7 (241):  Cody Grimm, S, Virginia Tech - Drafted primarily as a special teams superstar, Grimm is looked at by some scouts as too slow for a safety and too small for a LB.  With 3 or 4 safeties above him on the depth chart, however, Grimm will only need to concentrate on using his elite reaction skills for what he excels at:  special teams coverage, at which there are very few better players in this draft.

7 (247):  Rahim Alem, DE, LSU - Alem provides the explosive pass rushing depth behind Freeney and Mathis.  Wilson, drafted earlier, also provides depth at DE, but is more of a hybrid DE/DT in the Colts defense.  Alem is a pure pass rusher who can be used to spell Freeney and Mathis.  Willie Young was also considered here, as he is a great value pick, although his poor attitude ultimately wouldn't fit with the Colts whatsoever.
Category: NFL Draft
Tags: Colts
 
Posted on: March 5, 2009 6:33 pm
 

Look for the Colts to trade out of the 1st Round

First, the Colts are known for trading down to find talent while picking up later draft picks (where they've had very good luck as well).  Second, I'm of the mind that DT is our most pressing issue.  Look at the prospects:  B.J. Raji will be gone, and Peria Jerry likely will be as well.  The next 5-6 guys, to me at least, are pretty even in terms of talent.  Does anyone really see a big gap, talentwise, between Evander Hood, Sen'Derrick Marks, Ron Brace, Fili Moala, and Alex Magee?  I don't, and I guarantee at least one of them will be available to us with OUR second round pick.  Meaning that even if we do trade out of the first round and into the early second, we wouldn't necessarily have to go DT with the first pick.  We could trade down and grab a WR like Hakeem Nicks or Darrius Heyword-Bey, or an OLB of some sort (although I'm honestly not sold on any besides Aaron Curry).

Anyways, my point is that if Peria Jerry is gone by the time the Colts are on the clock, I believe we will trade down into the early second round.  That said, I haven't "drank the Kool-Aid" on Jerry either, so I would still be hoping for us to trade out of that spot, although that seems unlikely.

Category: NFL
Tags: Colts
 
Posted on: February 10, 2009 12:31 pm
 

Early look at possible Colts draft targets

Well, I know it's way early, but I though I would take a look at potential ways the Colts could go in the draft.

Most mock drafts out there have the Colts taking Peria Jerry, DT out of Ole Miss in the first round, which would be ok.  The Colts have struggled mightily against the run for years, and new defensive coordinator Larry Coyer will likely want to add some significant bulk at DT to help this.  However, I personally don't believe there is that much difference, talentwise, between Jerry and some other DT's projected as 2nd and 3rd rounders.  Guys like Ziggy Hood, Sen'Derrick Marks, and Fili Moala are all guys who I think would be great fits for the Colts at DT, and are all guys who are taken in the late second to late third rounds in most mock drafts I've seen.

If the Colts were to go that route and try to grab one or maybe even two of those guys in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, my guess is that WR would be the position they addressed in the first round, because Marvin Harrison (if he doesn't retire) is looking an awful lot like a cap casulty, sadly.  One mock draft I saw really intreagued me as it had the Colts passing up on Jerry and selecting Percy Harvin, WR out of Florida, which I think would be great!  What better way to replace the playmaking of Marvin than with the explosiveness of Harvin?  His versitility (he can play both WR and RB) would help spice up an offense that became all too predictable last season.  Plus he would help to shore up our severly lacking kick return department.

Finally, I have to put in my plug (as most regular Colt's board posters know) about Nate Swift out of Nebraska.  I finally found a good profile of him, here it is, enjoy:  http://cdsdraft.com/profile.php?id=2485

Thanks for reading!

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Posted on: August 4, 2008 10:29 am
 

The All Time Colts Team Needs a Bench!

well, here we are...4 votes for qb:  2 for manning, 2 for unitas.  so its up to me to tiebreak, and honestly, i can't vote for anyone but unitas, who, IMHO is the greatest QB of all time for any team, not just the Colts.  as such, the final roster (starters only though) stands as:

All Time Colts Team:
Offense:
QB - Johnny Unitas
RB - Edgerrin James
WR - Marvin Harrison
WR - Raymond Barry
TE - John Mackey
TE/FB - Ken Dilger
RT - Jim Parker
RG - Alex Sandusky
C - Ray Donaldson
LG - Robert Pratt
LT - Tarik Glenn

Defense:
DE - Dwight Freeney
DT - Art Donovan
DT - Tony Siragusa
DE - Gino Marchetti
OLB - Duane Bickett
MLB - Jeff Herrod
OLB - Mike Curtis
CB - Eugene Daniel
CB - Bobby Boyd
S - Bob Sanders
S - Rick Volk

K - Mike Vanderjagt
P - Rohn Stark
KR - Clarence Verdin

its been fun my friends, and as such, i think we can continue this for at least one more week.  its time to do the bench.  copy and past this form here and fill it out.  this is an 8 man bench, so vote for only one person for each slot:

QB - *cough Peyton Manning cough*

RB -

WR -

OL -

DL -

LB -

DB -

Wid Card -

you know what, lets throw a vote for coach in there as well.  tony dungy has the most wins as an indy coach, and we have 2 HOFer coaches in don shula and weeb ewbank.

as always, happy voting!

Category: NFL
Tags: colts
 
Posted on: July 28, 2008 1:16 pm
 

Manning vs. Unitas

well my friends, we are down to the last starting roster spot here, and although in my opinion it is far too early to make jedgement on this, the All Time Greatest Colts Team needs a QB, and don't even try to tell me it would be anyone but Johnny Unitas or Peyton Manning.  first, however, let take care of business.

with a much wider margin than i thought, Edgerrin James gets the nod as the Alltime Colts Starting RB.  (Edge - 5, Lenny Moore - 1, Alan Ameche - 1, and Kappa's Sentimental Favorite, Lydell Mitchell - 1).

You all know the routine by now.  We need to fill this last roster spot.

So the question remains, Manning vs. Unitas.  Who will you vote for?

as always, happy voting!



RULES: The way it works is that every Monday, we will vote for the Greatest Colts player at a certain position. The following Monday, I will tally the votes and mark the winner(s) on the below list. In the event of a tie, I will break it using my own humble opinion, because this is my blog and I make the rules haha. Rate players based only on their time with the Colts. For instance, when voting for RB, ignore Marshall Faulk's years in St. Louis, or Edgerrin James's time in Arizona. Feel free/encouraged to look all the way back to the Baltimore Colts. Debate is also encouraged, and if you are changing you vote later in the week, be sure to note this.

All Time Colts Team:
Offense:
QB - ?
RB - Edgerrin James
WR - Marvin Harrison
WR - Raymond Barry
TE - John Mackey
TE/FB - Ken Dilger
RT - Jim Parker
RG - Alex Sandusky
C - Ray Donaldson
LG - Robert Pratt
LT - Tarik Glenn

Defense:
DE - Dwight Freeney
DT - Art Donovan
DT - Tony Siragusa
DE - Gino Marchetti
OLB - Duane Bickett
MLB - Jeff Herrod
OLB - Mike Curtis
CB - Eugene Daniel
CB - Bobby Boyd
S - Bob Sanders
S - Rick Volk

K - Mike Vanderjagt
P - Rohn Stark
KR - Clarence Verdin

Posted on: July 21, 2008 2:24 pm
 

Greatest RB in Colt's Franchise History

alright friends, the votes stand as follows:  Duane Bickett - 3, Jeff Herrod - 3, Mike Curtis - 2, Don Shinnick, Ted Hendricks, Ray May, Quentin Coryatt.  i kind of like this, it means i don't have to do any tie breaking.

therefore, the winners are Duane Bickett, Jeff Herrod, and Mike Curtis.

as we wind this down, this week, we will focus on the second to last position, RB.  over the years, the colts have had many great RB, including HOFers Lenny Moore and Eric Dickerson, as well as future HOFer Marshall Faulk and potentially future HOF edgerrin james.  despite the fact that we have 4 very worthy RB's, the voting will work the same.  choose 1 RB and vote for him.  the highest total wins.  remember, only count the time a RB spent with the colts.  this means you should ignore faulk's great years with the Rams as well as james's not so great years with the Cardinals.

as always, happy voting!



RULES: The way it works is that every Monday, we will vote for the Greatest Colts player at a certain position. The following Monday, I will tally the votes and mark the winner(s) on the below list. In the event of a tie, I will break it using my own humble opinion, because this is my blog and I make the rules haha. Rate players based only on their time with the Colts. For instance, when voting for RB, ignore Marshall Faulk's years in St. Louis, or Edgerrin James's time in Arizona. Feel free/encouraged to look all the way back to the Baltimore Colts. Debate is also encouraged, and if you are changing you vote later in the week, be sure to note this.

All Time Colts Team:
Offense:
QB -
RB - ?
WR - Marvin Harrison
WR - Raymond Barry
TE - John Mackey
TE/FB - Ken Dilger
RT - Jim Parker
RG - Alex Sandusky
C - Ray Donaldson
LG - Robert Pratt
LT - Tarik Glenn

Defense:
DE - Dwight Freeney
DT - Art Donovan
DT - Tony Siragusa
DE - Gino Marchetti
OLB - Duane Bickett
MLB - Jeff Herrod
OLB - Mike Curtis

CB - Eugene Daniel
CB - Bobby Boyd
S - Bob Sanders
S - Rick Volk

K - Mike Vanderjagt
P - Rohn Stark
KR - Clarence Verdin

 
 
 
 
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