Yes, I am way over due on giving out my thoughts on the Colts 2012 Draft. Well better late than never. These thoughts reflect back to a time in late April.
R1, Pick 1 (1): Andrew Luck, QB - Stanford
- The obvious choice in my mind. The most polished QB in the draft. He seems like the perfect candidate to take over the position for the franchise. I sad and angry as am to see Peyton leave, this team should be just fine for years to come with Luck under center. He's a smart kid with great intangibles.
|the new face of the franchise|
R2, Pick 2 (32): Coby Fleener, TE - Stanford
- I had my fingers crossed for Fleener to still be on the board. There was lots of ways the Colts could have gone, but with Luck's safety net from college ripe for the picking it seemed like an obvious no brainer. These best friends should hook up for many scores over the next few seasons.
R3, Pick 1 (64): Dwayne Allen, TE - Clemson
- At first I was perplexed as why they didn't try to get a CB or NT here. Then the more I thought about it the more I liked it. The TE set will create huge match up problems for opposing defenses. And the Colts now had the top 2 in the draft.
R3, Pick 29 (92): T.Y. Hilton, WR - Florida International
- The guy is a burner and a tremendous kick and punt returner. That's good because it's a spot that has been neglected for far too long. And they need bodies at the WR position right now. Still, not sure why they had to trade up and get him.
R5, Pick 1 (136): Josh Chapman, DT - Alabama
- A solid nose tackle is a must for a 3-4 defense. The Colts took a pretty darn good one here. The guy played with torn knee ligaments all season and still was a beast. This pick could end up being a steal.
R5, Pick 35 (170): Vick Ballard, RB - Mississippi State
- Not exactly sure I would have gone for a RB here, but I cant argue the teams needs depth. Ballad has good upside and is a hard nose runner. He has a great chance to get some reps this season.
R6, Pick 36 (206): LaVon Brazil, WR - Ohio
- Another WR who can return kicks and is speedy. Even though this team desperately needs bodies at WR right now, they also need CB depth. At this spot one cant really call it a bad pick and Brazil has a chance to stick.
R7, Pick 1 (208): Justin Anderson, OG - Georgia
- Again a team looking for players to add depth to the roster and maybe find a diamond in the rough. Anderson will have an opportunity but with all the free agent acquisitions already I really didn't think they needed to draft a linemen this year. Secondary help please.
R7, Pick 7 (214): Tim Fugger, OLB - Vanderbilt
- Dont know anything about this guy. LB depth is needed, though I personally think it should have been more focused towards the ILB position.
R7, Pick 46 (253): Chandler Harnish, QB - Northern Illinois
- Honestly I have no problem with this pick. Hopefully the team learned it's lesson last year by only keeping two QB's on the roster (they did it for years). Depth is always needed at this position. Let Arians groom another QB along with Luck. The worst case is the kid doesn't pan out and the best case is he becomes a quality back up they can trade to another team.
|Overall I think the Colts has a great draft. There top three selections should be the catalyst for the offense over the next several seasons. And three or four of the other guys have a chance to come in and be immediate contributors. A little puzzled as to why a CB wasn't selected in the mid rounds but there are a lot of holes to fill and new style on both sides of the ball. For the new regime's first crack at a draft I think they did well.|
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